A child is raised in Korea to avenge the death of his father’s first child in this decades-spanning tale of obsession and violence, the third collaboration between director Ermek Shinarbaev and writer Anatoli Kim. A study of everyday evil infused with philosophy and poetry, this haunting allegory was the first Soviet film to look at the Korean diaspora in central Asia, and a founding work of the Kazakh New Wave. Rigorous and complex, Revenge weaves luminous imagery with inventive narrative elements in an unforgettable meditation on the way trauma is passed down through generations.

Revenge was restored in 2010 by the Cineteca di Bologna/L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratory, in association with The Film Foundation’s World Cinema Project, the Kazakhfilm Studio, the State Archive of the Republic of Kazakhstan, and Ermek Shinarbaev. Restoration funded by Armani, Cartier, Qatar Airways, and Qatar Museum Authority.

Film Info

  • Kazakhstan
  • 1989
  • 99 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Russian
  • Spine #876

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Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 2

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Aleksandr Pan
Sungu, the poet
Valentina Tyo
Wife of Yan
Kasym Zhakibayev
Old Tsai
Lyubov Germanova
Elza, the Romanian
Oleg Li
Old king and old monk
Yerik Zholzhaksynov
Young king
Juozas Budraitis
Tall dumb guy
Peter Jan
Young Sungu
Zinaida Em
Mother of Sungu
Maksim Munzuk
Old Yan
Nikolai Tacheyev
Young Yan, teacher
Li Kham Dek
Old woman in final scene
Tsoi Ke Suk
Old woman in final scene
Olga Yenzak
Old widow of Yan
Yana Kan
Daughter of Tsai
Oleg Fomin
Leshka, friend of Sungu
Galina Pak
Old wife of Tsai
Gennadi Lyui
Young monk
Baiten Omarov
Mr. Gu, moneylender
Ermek Shinarbaev
Screenplay by
Anatoli Kim
Based on a novel by
Anatoli Kim
Vladislav Shut
Sergei Kosmanev
Polina Shtain
Production design
Yelena Yeliseyeva
Costume design
Yelena Svavilnaya
Special effects
Albert Rudachenko
Special effects
Viktor Zhanov
Emin Khachaturyan
Gulsara Mukataeva


Revenge: The Long Road Home
Revenge: The Long Road Home

Suffused with a quiet radiance, this Kazakh New Wave masterpiece grapples with cultural displacement through an allegorical tale of vengeance.

By Kent Jones