Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam
Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saves the World) is a Turkish-made cult film commonly known as Turkish Star Wars because of its notorious bootlegging of [[Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope|Star Wars]] clips worked into the film.
Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam was released in 1982 in the midst of massive political upheaval. As a result, American-made films weren't easily acquired and were often remade with a Turkish cast and setting. The four most notable films to be so bootlegged are Star Wars, The Wizard of Oz, The Exorcist and E.T., all of which have Turkish variations.
Directed by Cetin Inanc and written by Cuneyt Arkin, a well-known Turkish actor whose works span the last five decades, the movie also starred Arkin in the leading role. Other actors include Aytekin Akkaya who later starred in the Italian movie Sopravvissuti della citta morta, as well as Huseyin Peyda and Fusun Ucar both of whom remained in Turkey.
The film follows the adventures of two comrades, Murat (Arkin) and Ali (Akkaya), whose ships crash on a desert planet following a space battle that apparently inserts footage from the actual Star Wars films as well as newsreel clips of both Soviet and American space rockets. While in the desert one of them says that perhaps it is a planet only populated by women, so the other man begins to do his whistle which he uses to attract women. However, he uses the wrong whistle, and they are then assaulted by skeletons on horseback. The pair then proceed to defeat the skeletons in hand-to-hand combat. The film's main villain then soon shows up and captures the heroes, bringing them to fight in his gladiatorial arena. The villain mentions that he was actually from Earth and is in reality a 1,000 year old wizard. He tries to defeat the Earth, but his attacks are always repelled by a shield of concentrated human brain molecules. The only way for him to bypass this otherwise impenetrable defense is to use a human brain to bring it down. The protagonists escape their captors and flee to a cave full of refugees who fled from the tyrannical rule of the villain. While there, Murat develops a romantic connection with the only woman there (Ucar), who is tasked with looking after the children. The scenes in which they are together often play music from Raiders of the Lost Ark. Zombie minions of the dark lord soon attack the cave, and several of the children killed and turn into zombies themselves. The three protagonists then flee the cave. Resurfacing at a local bar lifted directly from Star Wars (the Mos Eisley Cantina), the two men quickly manage to find themselves in a bar brawl that attracts the attention of the main villain who suddenly appears and captures Ali and Murat.
Then the wizard separates both comrades and subsequently tries to influence them to join him. He sends his queen to seduce Ali, while he orders Murat to be brought before him. He offers Murat the rule over Earth and stars if he would join him. He reveals that he possesses the power of the Earth's ancestry in the form of a golden brain and all he needs in order to conquer Earth, is the power of a real human brain. After Murat declines, the wizard shows him that he keeps the woman and the child captive. Enraged, Murat proceeds to fight the evil monsters and skeleton guardians. The noise makes Ali leave the woman and join the fight. The comrades are disabled by laser-armed guards, however, and put through several tortures by the wizard, but their will cannot be broken. Finally, the wizard puts Murat against a mighty monster on the arena to humiliate him. Murat, however, succeeds in defeating the monster, and flees the arena taking the woman and the child with him. Ali is left in captivity.
A mentor, Peyda, then informs Murat about a sword made by "the 13th clan" by melting a mountain thousands of "space years" ago. Shortly afterwards, Murat finds the large sword shaped like a lightning bolt in a cave defended by two golden ninjas who he quickly dispatches. Now renewed by the power of the sword, he sets out to free his friend from the underground cavern where the dark lord is holding him. Unfortunately Ali is killed soon thereafter. Grief-stricken, Murat decides the next logical step is to boil his golden sword and gold-like human brain in a large pot and forge them into a pair of gauntlets and boots. Now girded with magically-endowed gloves and super-jumping boots, he sets off to find the dark lord and avenge his friend's death. After fighting the many minions, he comes face-to-face with his nemesis and karate-chops him in half. The film ends with a Star Wars-like ending speech where the watcher learns that human brain is the strongest weapon in the whole universe.
The musical soundtrack is entirely lifted from Western film hits of the time, primarily using Raiders of the Lost Ark. There are also scenes incorporating the music of Moonraker, Ben Hur, Flash Gordon, Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes, Silent Running and Disney's The Black Hole.
The Son of the Man Who Saves the World
After many attempts to gather the original actors in the film to create a sequel to The Man Who Saves the World, a sequel, The Son of the Man Who Saves the World, was shot in 2006.
The sequel was released on 15 December 2006. Some fans expressed their disapproval that the special effects were not similar to the original movie, where all the space scenes were ripped directly from the sci-fi classics of the time such as [[Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope|Star Wars IV: A New Hope]], the Star Trek series and Battlestar Galactica. Famous actors from Turkey such as Mehmet Ali Erbil took part in the project, and Kartal Tibet directed the film.
''Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam'in Oglu'' is currently 7 on the Internet Movie Database's list of films considered the worst ever.
Foleyvision, an Austin, Texas based comedy troupe who showed movies with the original soundtrack off while providing dialogue, music, and sound-effects live in the theatre, used Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam as one of their performances in 2004, providing what troupe leader Buzz Moran said was "the first English translation of this film ever in the world." During the introduction to the show, Moran stated that the translator had told them that "It doesn't make any more sense in Turkish."
Aytekin Akkaya also starred in 3 Dev Adam, another infamous low budget Turkish movie. Both Dunyayi Kurtaran Adam and 3 Dev Adam are categorized as "Turkish rip-offs" at the web site Antimatter Multiverse.
The Ottoman Empire Strikes Back, Review from Cashiers du Cinemart
News article from Sabah newspaper, in Turkish. [*] .
Austin Chronicle, "There Is No Try ... Foleyvision does the Turkish 'Star Wars'" [*]