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Night Watch

(Russia, 2004, 114 minutes)

In modern-day Moscow, the immortal forces of Light and Darkness keep each other in check... until, one day, a young human boy heeds a mysterious call that may trigger the ultimate battle between good and evil. Lively horror comic most notable for coming from Russia, where it was a record-breaking blockbuster, yet looking as good (and being as trashy and mindless) as anything Hollywood might come up with, with an intriguing undercurrent of dark humour. An enjoyable time-passer.

A Twentieth Century-Fox release. Fox Searchlight Pictures presents, in association with Channel One Russia, a Tabbak Film Company/Bazelevs production. Starring Konstantin Khabensky, Vladimir Menshov, Valery Zolotukhin, Maria Poroshina, Galina Tunina, Victor Verzhbitsky, Rimma Markova, Alexei Maklakov, Alexander Samoilenko, Zhanna Friske, Ilia Lagutenko, Alexei Chadov, Dima Martynov, Anna Sliu, Anna Dubrovskaya. Directed by Timur Bekmambetov; produced by Anatoly Maximov and Konstantin Ernst; screenplay by Sergei Lukyanenko and Timur Bekmambetov, based on the novel by Sergei Lukyanenko; English screenplay adaptation by Timur Bekmambetov and Laeta Kalogridis; music by Yuri Poteyenko; director of photography, Sergei Trofimov; art directors, Valery Victorov and Mukhtar Mirzakeyev; costumes, Varya Avdyushko; film editor, Dmitri Kiselev; special effects designer, Petr Gorshenin; visual effects supervisor, Vladimir Lezhchinsky; animation design, Rezo Gabriadze.


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