Yikilmayan Adam (The Indestructible Man) is a Turkish political film by director Remzi Aydin Jonturk,is the final film of his "Adam Trilogy". It comes after Yarinsiz Adam (Man Without Tomorrow) of 1976 and Satilmi Adam (The Sold Man) of 1977. Cuneyt Arkin plays the leading role. The film tells the story of the class struggles in Turkey in the late 1970s with a powerful style.
It is memorable for several scenes. The first is the "Bar Scene" where Cakir,portrayed by Cuneyt Arkin,gets angry at the youth in the bar because they are humiliating a veteran soldier. The second scene is the ending where everybody betrays Cakir and point their guns at him. While walking in front of the crowd, Cakir gets killed but never falls to the ground-a symbol of the masses that won't surrender even in the case of death. Remzi Aydin Jonturk, in fact, used a labor strike gathering organized by the Revolutionary Labor Union (DISK) as the scene for this final scene displaying some of the banners of the left-wing trade union movement,DISK,which later led him to be charged by the Military Court.
Prosecution of Remzi Aydin Jonturk
As a result of some of the politically charged lines and scenes in the film, in 1981 Remzi Aydin Jonturk was falsely prosecuted for promoting Communism (Komunizm Propagandasi) by the State Security Court established by the 1980 Turkish coup d'etat then ruling dictator General Kenan Evren . However, unlike some of the other left wing artists of the time, Jonturk had refused to escape to Western Europe following the military coup and faced the military courts. In 1985, the charges were dismissed following Turkey's return to democracy.
Following the charges, he was unable to find major projects to direct as the influence of the military continued in the State Film Censorship Board where many of Jonturk's future films failed to pass without major modifications to scripts or re-edits until the late 1980s, a few years before his death in a car accident returning from directing the movie "Afrodit".
Cakir or Yikilmayan Adam - The loyal lietenant who serves Nadir Aga.
Nadir Aga - The mafia leader who hires Cakir's father when he needs money to survive and then looks after Cakir when he is sent to prison.
Memduh - A rich businessman who doesn't care about other people. He wants to destroy Cakir to show his power.
Fato - The daughter of Memduh,later the lover of Cakir.
Cinema of Turkey