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Hymyilevä mies (2016)

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The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title.

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Laila Ask
Esko Barquero ...
Snadi
Elma Milonoff ...
Evi
Leimu Leisti ...
Tuula
Hilma Milonoff ...
Anneli
Olli Rahkonen ...
Nyrkkeilijä, Askin Talli
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Henrik Palosaari ...
Nyrkkeilijä, Askin Talli
Sam-Peter Hirvikangas ...
Nyrkkeilijä, Askin Talli
Antti Naakka ...
Nyrkkeilijä, Askin Talli
Niklas Hyvärinen ...
Nyrkkeilijä, Askin Talli
Sauli Helenius ...
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The true story of Olli Mäki, the famous Finnish boxer who had a shot at the 1962 World Featherweight title. Immensely talented and equally modest, Olli's small town life is transformed when he is swept into national stardom and suddenly regarded as a symbol of his country. There's only one problem: Olli has just fallen in love. Inside of the ring, it's Finland vs. the USA, but outside, boxing and romance become unlikely adversaries vying for Olli's attention. This charming feature debut from Juho Kuosmanen was awarded the Un Certain Regard Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

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As fiercely talented as he is modest, Finnish boxer Olli Mäki is swept into national stardom as he trains for a once-in-a-lifetime fight against the World Featherweight Champion. There's only one problem: he's just fallen in love.


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2 September 2016 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Den lyckligaste dagen i Olli Mäkis liv  »

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€1,200,000 (estimated)
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In 2011 in Kokkola city theatre, director Juho Kuosmanen saw a play about Olli Mäki, who was also in the audience that night. After the play, the theatre director Jarkko Lahti posed together with Mäki for a picture. Kuosmanen said to Lahti that if he directed a film about Mäki, Lahti could play the leading role. Lahti took that as a promise and began training boxing. He even took a few official amateur bouts (which he lost) and thus it became obvious that he really would play Olli Mäki in this film. See more »

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To him it is a happy day
8 February 2017 | by See all my reviews

This film tells the story of an amateur boxer in Finland, who decides to challenge the World Champion of boxing from the USA. He gets an agent and invites the champion to Finland for a round of home fight. The story then concentrates on how he prepares for this major tournament in Finland.

The film is black and white, which is appropriate as it is set int he 1960's. The story is about this simple man who seems to have no idea what he is doing. Olli is about to fight the match of his lifetime, and yet he is so nonchalant about it. His heart has clearly another agenda, which is not aligned with his agent's agenda. It makes me wonder why he is doing the match in the first place. His attitude and behaviour leads to the eventual inevitable outcome, but I still feel for him. Olli does have his charms, just not in the boxing ring.


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