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Ayla: The Daughter of War (2017)

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In 1950, amid-st the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, ... See full summary »

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Can Ulkay

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Yigit Güralp
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Çetin Tekindor ... Süleyman Dilbirligi (old)
Ismail Hacioglu ... Süleyman Dilbirligi (young)
Kyung-jin Lee Kyung-jin Lee ... Ayla (adult)
Kim Seol Kim Seol ... Ayla (child)
Ali Atay Ali Atay ... Ali
Damla Sönmez ... Nuran
Murat Yildirim ... Lieutenant Mesut
Taner Birsel Taner Birsel ... Major Fuat
Cade Carradine Cade Carradine ... Captain Cage
Kim Byoungsoon Kim Byoungsoon ... South Korean General
Meral Çetinkaya ... Nimet (old)
Johnny Young ... Lieutenant Lee
Mehmet Esen ... Colonel Celal
Altan Erkekli ... Huseyin Dilbirligi
Caner Kurtaran Caner Kurtaran ... Sadik
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Storyline

In 1950, amid-st the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, this little girl captures the heart of Süleyman, who risks his own life to save her, smuggling her into his Army base and out of harms way. Not knowing her name and unable to communicate with her, Süleyman names her Ayla, in reminiscence of the moon on the fateful night during which they met. The two form an instantaneous and inseparable bond, and Ayla, almost effortlessly, brings an uncanny joy to the Turkish brigade in the grip of war. As the war comes to a close however, Süleyman's brigade is told that they will be returning home. Süleyman cannot bear abandoning Ayla, and does everything within his power to take her with him. After repeated failure, he is forced to give Ayla to an orphanage, but doesn't give up on the hope of one day reuniting with her. Will the two ever get back together? Written by ahmetkozan

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Genres:

Drama | History | War

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Country:

Turkey

Language:

Korean | English | Turkish | Chinese

Release Date:

27 October 2017 (Turkey) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea See more »

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Opening Weekend:

TRL 4,091,182 (Turkey), 29 October 2017
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Runtime:

(original)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Turkey's Oscar nominee in 2017 See more »

Goofs

Scene of North Korean Ambush; the American officer holding a Beretta sport model pistol ; it should be 45.cal 1911 Colt instead. See more »

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An underdog, which is competent enough to win the Oscar and be remembered for at least decades!
6 December 2017 | by agirmeteSee all my reviews

I have read a few reviews here before writing this and want firstly I want to state, that the negative ones have to be mostly ones, which only have the purpose to degrade this movie, because it is Turkish. Sorry mates, but you are gonna fail... again! THIS MOVIE IS JUST EXCELLENT! Why? 1) The actors aren't some no-names! They are proved people with talent for acting! 2) The story is based on a real one. 3) This movie combines all possible parts of peoples and especially the Turkish people and shows, that nation, humanity and love is above everything else! You can see Turkish communists, nationalists, humanists, Muslims, Atatürk, Americans, Koreans, the UN, different cultures and so on all living side by side. 4) Great special effects, great equipment is used.

Just go and watch it! You won't regret!


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