Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (a.k.a. Turkish Star Wars a.k.a. The Man Who Saved The World)
Big Smash! Productions & cineflyer present:
Çetin Inanç’s Turkish Star Wars
Saturday, November 6, 2010 at 2:30PM
274 Garry Street
“Nothing could possibly prepare you for the jaw-dropping insanity of The Turkish Star Wars. This film is not actually a scene-for-scene remake of the George Lucas landmark, although it pirated the special effects footage from the 1977 original and tacked it into a feverish nightmare of celluloid dementia which needs to be seen if only to prove how far the minds of lunatic filmmakers can run. Prepare yourself, because the only way to appreciate The Turkish Star Wars is to follow the storyline through its labyrinthine lunacy.
Long ago in a Turkish-speaking galaxy far, far away, the universe is being imperiled by a quartet of evildoers: two bush-haired men wearing Mardi Gras costumes, a slutty babe dressed as Cleopatra, and a blue robot with an ambulance light on his head. Their fleet of spaceships go to war against the flying saucers of a heroic group of rebels, and for several minutes the screen is filled with F/X footage from a battered print of Star Wars. There’s no Luke Skywalker here, but instead we have two middle-aged space jockeys (Cüneyt Arkin and Ayetkin Akkaya) who are leading the rebel attack. Unfortunately, there was no budget for a spaceship set here, so the heroes are photographed in very tight close-ups while footage from Star Wars plays on a rear projection behind them.” – Phil Hall, Film Threat
In addition, the film consists of a soundtrack entirely lifted from Western film hits such as Raiders of the Lost Ark, Moonraker, Flash Gordon, Battlestar Galactica, Planet of the Apes and Disney’s The Black Hole.
Note: Painstakingly subtitled in English for the first time ever by hardcore Turksploitation fans!
From Uptown Magazine November 4, 2010
The essence of reverse-goodness
Turkish Star Wars proves a nobody Winnipeg movie critic wrong: there truly is fun to be had in the cinematically bad
Can a film truly be so bad, it’s good?
In reviewing The Room, the 2003 film that’s become a cult phenomenon of cinematic badness, this critic noted that even hilariously bad movies remain bad. The latest presentation of Big Smash! Productions — which also brought us the outlandish ’70s Japanese horror epic Hausu this past spring — makes me reconsider my thesis.
Dünyayi Kurtaran Adam (aka Turkish Star Wars aka The Man Who Saved The World) can’t be described as good by most measures. It’s preposterous without the saving grace of good presentation. It’s cheap, tacky and all over the place.
That’s its charm. One doesn’t sense director Çetin Inanç was oblivious to his movie’s badness, either. Yet even if he was, who cares? For all its bizarro-world qualities, this remains an entertaining movie. As the old ‘Log’ commercials from Ren & Stimpy declared, it’s better than bad, it’s good.
The non-professional fan subtitling lends a lot of the fun. “I am tired like a dead,” observes one of the film’s two heroes after they find themselves stranded on a mysterious planet. He observes this world may be inhabited only by women who want to test the men’s courage: “Don’t be afraid to inflate your chest.”
Then there’s the scene decoration that includes an old American rifle on the wall of a saloon; monster sounds that resemble those from the old Trans-Lux Hercules cartoons; and the hero using magic gloves to rip off a monster’s head and throw it at its body, which then explodes. Not to mention the unexpected Islamic propaganda.
But what best encapsulates the film is its cheerful sense of plunder. I once wrote that Resident Evil: Afterlife was like a cinematic organ harvester, in that it pillaged better films, most egregiously The Matrix.
Turkish Star Wars goes one step further. In fact, it does the same thing as my friends and I once did for our homemade movies — or, in one case, for a high-school French class project.
We had to make a film, so we made a Bond film. It opened with a snowmobile chase (naturally) which climaxed with Bond’s pursuer being driven into a tree — at which point we cut in an explosion from The Empire Strikes Back.
We were pleased. And it’s precisely the same technique used in this film, which incorporates footage directly from the original Star Wars. (Mostly at the beginning and end, though; in between, it also incorporates music from The Phantom of the Opera, Raiders of the Lost Ark and Moonraker, among others.)
It also brings back home video-making memories to see this film’s characters clearly bouncing off trampolines to achieve sufficient aerials. We did that, too. We thought it looked pretty cool. We were easily impressed with ourselves.
This movie most resembles the homemade sci-fi epic the McKenzie Brothers unveiled at the beginning of Strange Brew (1983). Turkish Star Wars is audacious DIY filmmaking and it has a shabby charm. Yes, it’s bad — but its spirit is genuinely endearing.
- Kenton Smith