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Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)

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  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: May 2008 (South Africa)
  • Runtime: 119 min
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  • IMDb page: Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 7,874 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: May 2008 (South Africa)
  • Runtime: 119 min
  • Filming Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Director: Ralph Ziman
  • Stars: Daniel Buckland, Robert Hobbs and Kevon Kane
  • Original Music By: Alan Ari Lazar   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Carjacking | Police | Drug Lord | Epic | Johannesburg South Africa

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Ralph Ziman  writer

Known Trivia

  • South Africa’s 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.
  • A mixture of languages can be heard throughout the movie. Much of what the main characters speak to each other is township slang known as Tsotsitaal (literally ‘gangster language’) which is composed of vocabulary from Zulu, Sotho, Afrikaans, English, other African languages and invented slang. It is generally associated with young township-dwelling men, though some terms have entered mainstream South African parlance.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Josh is in drug rehab, a sign says "Hospice Entrance" is clearly visible, showing that the scene was shot at a hospice.

Plot: Young hoodlum's rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid. Full summary »  »

Story: Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune – hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from the landowners. His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the local police force who have no qualms about using unprovoked brutality to bring him down. His trouble with the law, coupled with an escalating war between a local drug lord, creates a tense standoff: both sides are closing in, and Kunene must stay one step ahead–or his empire, and his life, will come crashing down.Written by Official Site  

Synopsis

Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema is an unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg.Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune – hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from the landowners. His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the local police force who have no qualms about using unprovoked brutality to bring him down. His trouble with the law, coupled with an escalating war between a local drug lord, creates a tense standoff: both sides are closing in, and Kunene must stay one step aheador his empire, and his life, will come crashing down. Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema is written and directed by Ralph Ziman, and stars Rapaulana Seiphemo (Tsotsi), Robert Hobbs (District 9), Kenneth Nkosi (District 9), Eugene Khumbanyiwa (District 9), and Louise Saint-Claire(District 9).

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Ronnie Apteker known as executive producer
  • Guto Bussab known as co-producer
  • Tendeka Matatu known as producer
  • Gary Phillips known as executive producer
  • Jewels Satterfield known as associate producer
  • Mark Vennis known as executive producer
  • Ralph Ziman known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Daniel Buckland known as Josh Freidlander
  • Robert Hobbs known as Detective Swart
  • Kevon Kane known as Van C – drug dealer
  • Eugene Khumbanyiwa known as Drug dealer
  • Motlatsi Mahloko known as Young Zakes
  • Jafta Mamabolo known as Young Kunene
  • Shelley Meskin known as Leah Freidlander
  • Kenneth Nkosi known as Sithole
  • Ronnie Nyakale known as Zakes Mbolelo
  • Louise Saint-Claire known as Anna-Marie van Rensburg
  • Rapulana Seiphemo known as Lucky Kunene
  • Jeffrey Zekele known as Nazareth

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Supporting Department

Art Department:
  • Christo Strydom known as art department coordinator

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Muti Films

Other Companies:

  • DitlevFilms  end title sequence
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • Lleju Productions (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Ster-Kinekor Pictures (2007) (South Africa) (theatrical)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Cinemax (2009) (Hungary) (TV)
  • Indies Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Movie Bank (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)

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Other Stuff

Visual Effects by:
  • Paul Hill known as digital compositor
  • Ntana Key known as digital intermediate colorist

Release Date:

  • Germany 11 February 2008 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • South Africa May 2008
  • USA 19 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • UK 29 November 2008 (London African Film Festival)
  • USA 14 February 2009 (Portland International Film Festival)
  • Hungary 31 March 2009 (TV premiere)
  • Netherlands 1 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 19 September 2009 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • USA 11 June 2010 (limited)
  • UK 9 July 2010 (limited)
  • Japan 14 November 2010 (Cinema Africa)
  • UK 12 February 2011 (Keswick Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for violence, language, drug use and some sexual content

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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Posted on March 30, 2012 by Harry in Movies | Tags: , , , .

10 Comments

  1. JeffersonCody from South Africa
    30 Mar 2012, 9:33 pm

    DIRECTOR Ralph Ziman's vivid, action-packed South African gangster epicmakes for exciting big screen entertainment. Highly commercial andhardly politically correct, but reeking with authenticity, the aptlyand ironically titled "Jerusalema" offers cinema-goers the same sort oftough, high-energy thrills as crime epics like "Scarface", "AmericanGangster" and "City of God". Unlike "Tsotsi", it's not out win awards,or to preach about the struggle. It's out to please crowds. Yet, whiletelling a strong, funny, gripping, well-acted story of a younggangster's rise to power, it also manages to paint a devastatingpicture of how and why crime has spiraled out of control in the newSouth Africa. Telling its tale on a broad canvas, it begins in Sowetoin the early 1990s, introducing the audience to two teenage boys, LuckyKunene (Jafta Mamabolo) and his best friend Zakes (Motlatsi Mahloko).Lucky is an intelligent, ambitious youngster from a poor single parenthome who is accepted into university. He doesn't, however, get abursary, so he tries to earn money through various legitimate schemes.None of which succeed. Eventually he and Zakes are sucked into crimethough their relationship with Nazareth (a potent Jeffrey Sekele), anangry disaffected, former ANC guerilla. And soon they're hijacking cars("affirmative repossession", says Nazareth). But, after a botchedrobbery and a near fatal encounter with the police, the lads must fleeto the "jungles" of Hillbrow. Cut to five years later. Lucky and Zakes(now played by Rapulana Seiphemo and Ronnie Nyakale) are operating apirate Taxi and scraping by. It's a dangerous life and when armedrivals steal their taxi, Lucky decides to return to crime. "Jeruselema"might shock some middle-class viewers, but it is riveting fare and thecrowd I saw it with clapped and cheered along with the action. Thecharismatic Seiphemo delivers a stunning performance – turning Luckyinto a surprisingly sympathetic anti-hero, and he's superbly supportedby Nyakale, Sekele and a devilish Malusi Skenjana, who plays a slimyNigerian drug dealer. Then there are the great action scenes and thepowerful underlying themes. This vibrant, violent, colorful, authenticcrime thriller, which pays homage to Michael Mann's classic, "Heat"heralds a new dawn in South African film-making and is highlyrecommended to audiences looking for top notch entertainment. PS."Jerusalema" is now available on DVD in South Africa.

  2. Silver82 from South Africa
    30 Mar 2012, 9:33 pm

    If Jerusalema, the latest film about life in South Africa's underbellyof Hillbrow, can make a film like the award winning Tsotsi look likechild's play, you need to ask yourself the question: "Why haven't Iseen it yet?" Even more disturbing is that Jerusalema premiered at theBerlin Film Festival earlier this year, and has already been raking inthe awards.

    Star of the film – Lucky Kunene's motto in life is taken from an AlCapone movie "If you're going to steal … steal big, and hope likehell you get away with it!" Like a fly on the wall, we get to watch howan innocent youth from Soweto, a victim of circumstance, turns to crimeand works his way up to become the hoodlum of Hillbrow.

    The acting is superb and will have you engrossed in the film in notime. The script is watertight, and quite probably the most accurateaccount of South Africa's criminal underworld that you're ever going tosee.

    The scary part about all of this? It's based on true events! (But don'tbe put off SA, this is a small part of a big country)

  3. davetherave-1 from Joburg, South Africa
    30 Mar 2012, 9:33 pm

    Saw Jerusalema last weekend. I found the film to be an engaging,moving, and important reminder that the strangest worlds are rightunder our noses. Fast paced, gritty and in your face

    I loved Rapulana Simpiwe in the lead, a stunning young talent, JaftaMamabolo who played the young Kunene is fantastic.

    The script is excellent, reassuringly tight and Carried me effortlesslythrough the journey.

    This is the story of how a intelligent kid with the same hopes anddreams as anyone else; an education, work hard, get a degree and livehis dreams through legitimate means, succumbs, despite himself, to alife of crime because it is his only course available.

    It accurately portrays the universal genesis of crime and loss ofinnocence and righteousness (the symbol of which of course was themother with her hand pressed tightly on her bible).

    I don't know what's happening with the film in terms of itsinternational release, but I would sincerely hope that many others willhave the memorable experience that we did.

  4. from South Africa
    30 Mar 2012, 9:33 pm

    A movie that speaks to the core of the human spirit. As much as themovie is South African, anyone who has been faced with hardship willrelate. Our dreams, when they shatter and fade painfully silently andthe dark talents we discover in desperation for a moment to live thelife we once aspired to. Seiphemo, Zekele and the supporting cast arebrilliant on a script that pulls no punches, with impeccable direction.The overall execution leaves no vague on what goes wrong and how itbecomes celebrated as fruits of crime are reaped and shared by even themost moral in our lives. South African cinema has moved to the nextstage in evolution i.e. reflection on some of the darker sides of thenew South Africa. A masterpiece.

  5. Maropeng Radebe from South Africa
    30 Mar 2012, 9:33 pm

    If you thought Tsotsi was brilliant, Jerusalema will blow you away.It's about determination and hope. I've never seen such an aptdepiction of township life. Big -up 2 the producers for the angle theytook. I loved the music and how they tied Jerusalema with the leadcharacters' praying mother! A must see, for inspiration if nothingelse!

    Guys lets praise SA for producing such an magnificent movie in theinternational screens, u better start going to the cinemas to watch theawesome job did by our camera men, editors and directors etc. Big upMzantsi Big up.

  6. Tsepo Modise from Mzansi, South Africa
    30 Mar 2012, 9:33 pm

    Tsotsi is nothing compared to Jerusalema. Finally a real South Africanmovie that can hold its head up high. Totally authentic, all respect tothose involved. A mirror on Jozi and what our lives are really like. Ihope other film makers will take note and pull their sox up. It's timeto stop being embarrassed about being South African and take pride inour local industry. I strongly recommend all South Africans and go andsee it on the big screen as the producers intended. I'm gonna spreadthe word. And please, do not by pirated DVD's; help enable the localmovie industry to grow… I loved this movie. I cannot say it enoughtimes. I am speechless. KUDOS MZANSI.

  7. thandi-5 from South Africa
    30 Mar 2012, 9:33 pm

    I have just watched the movie for the first time just this past Friday,I was blown away and touched by it. i don't know if there is such athing as a good thief, but I fell in love with Rapulano in this movieall over again, for me it had that James Bond element, except that hisblack and a thief, but that untouchable notion of 0007… Great storyand acting. I felt sad for the white chick (grilfriend), not because ofher colour, but as a women I could relate, when you think you knowsomebody but and realising that you don't and in such a matter is justso painful….., but on another hand….there was that element for me,of our black brothers going for white chicks… when they areloaded….even though in this movie that wasn't what brought themtogether…. interesting story indeed…

  8. hotlevy from United States
    30 Mar 2012, 9:33 pm

    I saw this film previewed on CNN and went to see it at the Zurich FilmFestival with some American friends of mine. Being South African onecould see that this film was simply a labour of love for the belovedcountry. Ralph Ziman, the self effacing director was on hand to talkabout the film after the movie and I asked him how he got all theoriginal footage of the Mandela inauguration etc, which he has cleverlyweaved into the movie. His answer was amazing: He shot it himself overthe years, which means that Ralph has single handedly created parts ofa record of SA history no one else has. At the end of the day the filmis broad enough and topical enough to override Tsotsi on many levels,dealing with the integral white black relationship in South Africa (themain black criminal building hijacker in the movie has an affair with awell to do white Jewish girl from the burbs) and how these parts ofsociety interrelate. Last but not least, as it is not stuck in themodality of "Tsotsi only" it manages to look refreshingly at a broadswathe of the themes and reality affecting SA society today. ThoughRalph denies it :) (correct me if I am wrong Ralph) Tsotsi hasinevitably influenced the making of Jerusalema but on many levels isradically different. In a sense I missed the whimsical sadness ofTsotsi and Jerusalema pans through the skyline and scenes of ourJohannesburg far too fast to really do it justice. More of that please.However, its a fast moving film that was enjoyed not just by me but bysome Americans I dragged along to it. They really liked it proving thatit scope and graphic talks to a worldwide audience. Bravo Ralph. Yourcountry has cause to be very proud of you. You are a true son of SouthAfrica.

  9. andreas_soerensen from Pretoria, South Africa
    30 Mar 2012, 9:33 pm

    The big problem with the local film industry is that for too long ithas relied on easy-sell toilet humour or depressing AIDS and povertyepics.

    It's refreshing to finally see a competently made local flick that aimsto entertain the locals rather than scoop awards at foreign filmfestivals with deeply serious afro-pessimistic themes (such asYesterday and Tsotsi.

    Basically the story follows 2 male characters from their high schooldays into their adulthood. They get involved in lives of crime and mustchoose their own destinies.

    This is a generally good and entertaining film. Ordinarily I wouldpoint out the negatives, such as the pacing, which drags a bit,especially towards the second half, some uninspired cinematography,some poor acting (especially from the female love interest). BUT, theproblem with the SA movie going public is that we compare everythinglocal to Hollywood. I assume this was made on a very limited budget andwith pretty inexperienced people so it cannot possibly come close tomatching those films for production values.

    This film should be judged on its accomplishments taking into accountthe restrictions, and it does very well.

    Jerusalema is, taken in context, an excellent film with plenty of localcontent and in-jokes. I believe it is important for all South Africans(able to) to support the local film industry to allow more true SAfilms to be made.

  10. (a2114861) from Quebec, Canada
    30 Mar 2012, 9:33 pm

    JERUSALEMA investigates the spirit of the individual to assert himselfagainst both the system ad poverty. This film explores concepts of lawenforcement in a country whose people have suffered oppression at thehands of police. The film tells the story of a self made entrepreneurfrom the slums of Soweto, his motto, crime really pays in the new SouthAfrica. Freedom is slavery now, revolutions bring new order and theyalso bring opportunity. Might is right and possession is none tenths ofthe law. Welcome to the promised land, a new Jerusalem! The film byRalph Ziman is based on real events and goes against what has becomepredictable. Ziman offers us an unusual insight into what has oftenbeen called the crime capital of the world. Hillbrow, inner cityJohannesburg, demonstrates the beauty and barbarity of a new paradise.The director gives an unbiased view of the contemporary landscape,which most South Africans are aware of, but turn a blind eye. Thedirector remains neutral, impartial, without resorting to stereotypesor over simplifications. He describes a city as it is, without noattempt to gloss over the grit. This is a complex, multi layered viewof South Africa post apartheid. It casts a fresh eye on the recentmanifestations of xenophobia. Beautiful photography, haunting music andexcellent acting by a cast of unknowns. Recommend.

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