Monday, 17 January 2011

TARKAN VIKING KANI/Tarkan vs.the Vikings (1971)

It may be unintentionally funny, badly acted and badly directed but this Turkish adventure which pits brawny hero Tarkan and his brave dog Kurt against vikings and Chinese in his quest to rescue the daughter of Attila the Hun to the background of a ripped off musical score (notably Morricone's ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST and Richard Strauss's "Also Sprach Zarathustra") is continuously entertaining. There is a quite wonderfully unconvincing rubber octopus, female viking warriors with a taste for pink and other pastel colors, historically inaccurate viking slave galleys, a giant, enthusiastic fight scenes, an orgy and some nudity. Great fun if you're in the mood. Kantal Tibet and Eva Bender are stars but the dog out acts them. There are even a couple of visual references to Kirk Douglas in THE VIKINGS. Rating ***


Cerpts said...

Ah, the golden age of Turkish cinema in the seventies before the military government squashed all the fun outta everything. How can you not just love these films; they're just so deliriously goofy. If only I could get my hands on some "Killink" films he just looks so cool. The shock is that many of these movies were just discarded and may no longer exist because they were thought to be culturally worthless. You want culturally worthless??? I give you the SHERLOCK HOLMES remake.

Also for the curious there is another entire Tarkan movie on youtube in its entirety.

Cerpts said...

Yes indeed I had to double check but its the wonderful Tarkan and the Golden Medallion. If you go to youtube and search for Tarkan Altin madalyon you'll find it.