Monday, December 23, 2013

Mister Karate مستر كاراتية (Ahmed Zaki) - (1993) Egyptian one-sheet

Mister Karate (1993) - (Ahmed Zaki) Egyptian film poster

Shown here is a 27" x 39" Egyptian poster designed by Morteda Anise to promote the 1993 111-minute Mohamed Khan color film Mister Karate starring Ahmed Zaki (1949-2005) based on story, screenplay and dialogue by Raouf Tawfik with cinematography by Kamal Abdel Aziz. Plot summary: After Salah [Ahmed Zaki] gets his intermediate educational certificate he moves from his village to Cairo to take a job parking cars at the garage where his late father had once worked. He meets Nadia [Nahla Salama] who works in a video shop next to the garage. She introduces him to the Karate films she is selling and an innocent friendship develops between them. He also becomes friends with a Karate coach named Hassan, [Ibrahim Nasr] who gets him into advanced training at a sports club and gives him the nickname Mister Karate. Salah is injured in a traffic accident and comes out of the hospital with a pronounced limp. He leaves his job at the garage and goes to work parking cars at another garage. There he occasionally uses his karate skills against local thugs and gets favorable attention from a wealthy man; this represents a positive move from the life of a homeless person with no purpose to that of someone with slightly greater significance. When Salah discovers bags of heroin in the trunk of the wealthy man's car, he is beaten up by the man's gang. Nadia discovers she cannot live without Salah and agrees to marry him despite his poverty; they go together to his village where they become farmers after all their dreams in the city have fallen through. In a March 2005 interview shortly before his death Ahmed Zaki said he regretted the title because the film is really about the troubles of a simple man trying to survive in Cairo.

Cast and crew: Mohamed Khan, Ihab Muntasir, Ibrahim Nasr, Nahla Salama, Zouzou Nabil, Mamdouh Wafi, Zouzou Nabil, Ahmed Zaki, Kamal Abdel Aziz, Raouf Tawfik, Nader Noureddine, Osman Abdel Moneim, Alaa Morsi, Wahid Agami, Hassan al-'adl, Ezzat Kamel, Fouad Ferghali, Ahmad Abutaleb, Sabah Mahmoud, Mahmoud Alwan, Ali Ragab, Hamdi al-Naggar, Said al-Tuhami, Gamal al-Toukhi

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