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Olli Saarela

Rukajärven tie (Ambush)

Edition 1999
- 1998 - War, Drama - Dialogue: Russian, Italian, Finnish
Director: Olli Saarela Composer: Tuomas Kantelinen With: Peter Franzén, Irina Björklund, Kari Heiskanen
Russian Karelia at the beginning of World War II. Eero Perkola, a young lieutenant, and his patrol are sent in a recognition mission, in order to surprise the Russians in their back. He leaves his girlfriend Kaarina behind in the Headquarters. On his way he learns that the Russians have ambushed Kaarina, together with other soldiers, and that she was killed. Once a young idealist lieutenant, Eero suddenly switches to be a mortal enemy, swearing to avenge Kaarina’s death on all the Russians he’ll capture. A quite remarkable and dead tough Finnish war movie, with a very convincing Peter Franzen in the leading part.

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Olli Saarela


Tuomas Kantelinen


Peter Franzén, Irina Björklund, Kari Heiskanen


Olli Saarela, Antti Tuuri

Director of Photography

Kjell Lagerroos


Juha Antti-Poika, Jukka Nykänen, Olli Soinio


Ilkka Matila, Marko Röhr

More information


Russian, Italian, Finnish

Countries of production


Screenplay based on

"Rukajärven tie" (Antti Tuuri)



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