Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam, a.k.a. Turkish Star Wars

There are a few certified classics in Turkish science fiction, but Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam towers over them all.

Translated as The Man Who Saves the World, and known to countless film buffs as Turkish Star Wars, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam utilizes clips from Star Wars and stock newsreel footage of actual space flights, as well as music from the soundtracks of Raiders of the Lost Ark, Moonraker, Planet of the Apes, Flash Gordon, and others.

However, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam is not simply a landmark work of culture-jamming genius; the acting, cinematography, and script reveals a multi-layered examination and celebration of the finest science fiction films of the Golden Age. Neither Roger Corman nor Ed Wood, Jr. ever dreamed of crafting such a magnificent space opera.

I was at a Ladies First luncheon event in Australia when I was asked to write about the landmark movie, Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam. My aunt had invited me to join her. I had never been to an all woman networking luncheon before and thought; What the heck, this should be interesting. And it actually was. One of the guest speakers, apparently a good friend of my aunt, gave an informative and lively talk about being a successful business woman in a field, the real estate market, that was dominated by men when she first started working. I was sidetracked from Faye’s talk by the two women sitting across from me who were wearing the most amazing hats. I think I spent half the luncheon staring at the two elaborate confections trying to figure out how they were constructed and balanced so the wearer could keep them on their heads. I am still at a loss. Sorry for the digression, now let me get back to the movie at hand.

You see, it’s all about two heroic Turkish astronauts who set out to defeat the evil that threatens the Earth. They are forced down to an alien planet ruled by an evil centuries-old wizard, who uses skeletons and zombies to terrorize the populace while he plots a devastating attack on our world (which he happens to be from, originally). There is a flash back giving viewers a bit of history on the wizard as a young man working as procurer of janitorial supplies for a casino in Las Vegas. His job was to find and then order from the company that had the best prices for the various supplies and products the casino’s janitorial staff would need including trash bags, cleaning soaps and detergents, toilet paper, and paper towels. Of course back when the movie was made in the early 1980’s, online stores didn’t exist as they do today. There was one scene in which he was ordered to buy a LOT of the softest and most absorbent wholesale paper towels that were available. Unfortunately, the paper towels were so thick, no more that 75 could be stuffed into the paper towel dispensers (which normally held 500) in the casino bathrooms. As a consequence, the dispensers kept running out of paper towels and not only patrons but other casino workers were complaining to management, who then in turn would point fingers down the chain of command. The final solution to the dilemma regarding the very soft and absorbent wholesale paper towels was hilarious. Every time I order from an online store that sells such janitorial products I think of this sequence in the movie.

Our heroes fight for their lives and their freedom in various gladiatorial spectacles, and resist earthly (or unearthly) temptations; though one is ultimately defeated, the other passes even more heroic trials (including golden ninjas!) to gain the magical talismans needed to defeat the wizard (though the strongest weapon of all, it is revealed, is the human brain).

This short synopsis is barely sufficient to hint at the true depths of Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam’s wonders.

And yes, there’s a Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam’ın Oğlu (a sequel!). This film ups the ante by adding a number of other film sources to its special effects repertoire, though it admittedly suffers from a serious case of the sequel slump (to say the least). Perhaps the third installment in the series, if our prayers are answered, will achieve the kind of glory that fans of the first film anxiously await.

This is one of those must see films. The imagination and creativity it must have taken to put something together like this is just amazing. The entire journey is so colorful and exciting that it captivates the audience from the get go. This is a rare gem & anybody who is truly interested art of film making will surely find a copy of this & watch it immediately if they are currently missing it from their catalog. Now keep in mind this is not going to be a mind blowing use of cutting edge technology. It will however be a wild ride from the very beginning that will captivate you as you take one incredible journey. Find it. Get it. Watch it. Do it now…