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Masked villain the Mask wants to destabilize the country and the
world by carefully planned and executed acts of sabotage, but whatever
he's trying to do, be it abducting scientists or flooding the market with
forged money, masked superhero Spy Smasher and his loyal female sidekick
Sevda always seem to interfere - so eventually, the Mask tells his
second-in-command Black Glove plus his nightclub singer girlfriend Suzy to
get rid of Spy Smasher ... however, nobody knows who Spy Smasher really
is, nobody, so it is believed, but Detective Cavit, who is incidently
Sevda's father (and who actually doesn't even have a clue who Spy Smasher
is or that his own daughter is his sidekick), so Black Glove has him
abducted ... but of course, Spy Smasher is on the case soon enough and
frees him in no time.
At a later date, Spy Smasher himself and his comedy relief Bidik are
kidnapped (and even unmasked), but this time it's Sevda who breaks them
Ultimately, Spy Smasher tracks Down the Mask to a nightclub and smashes
most of the club with the police taking most of the Mask's men including
Black Glove prisoner, only the Mask and Suzy manage to escape - and to
make sure Spy Smasher doesn't do anything stupid, the Mask - who now turns
out to be one of Sevda's suitors - takes Sevda's father Detective Cavit
hostage. But as usual, Spy Smasher and Sevda are hot on the Mask's trail
and it's not long before they raid his hideout ... but in th efinale,
Sevda's dad is shot dead and Spy Smasher is about to be killed to ... when
the authorities arrive to bring the whole thing to a happy ending ...
While certainly not one of world cinema's masterpieces (at least not in
the conservative meaning of the word), Casus Kiran is quite simply
a totally enjoyable piece of action cinema, freely mixing elements of US
American movie serials from the 1930's and 40's (including the episodic
buildup of the story, the action scenes and even the lead character
himself) with elements of more contemporary espionage flicks (like the
miniskirt-wearing babe-sidekick, Spy Smasher's fancy motorbike and the
jazzy score). The result is a simplistic and slightly silly action flick
no doubt, but it's also a piece of fast-paced entertainment that has this
irresistibly innocent feel to it that's common to many movie serials of
old - and to many Yilmaz Atadeniz films, a director who in many of his
films has proven he has understood the mechanics of these serials and
imported them to Turkey without any loss of impact.
After having spent an eternity in lost movie-limbo, this film has been
made available to the film-loving public (in a limited edition) by the
good folks from Onar
Besides the movie with English or Greek subtitles and the obligatory
photo gallery and trailers, their DVD also includes lead irfan Atasoy's
filmography and director Yilmaz Atandeniz' biography, filmography, and an
extensive interview. To put it short: This DVD's a must-have !
here to buy it directly from Onar Films]