Arnold Shwartzeneger and Jackie Chan are featured in this sequel to the cult classic Viy.

Russia’s Top Movies: October 2019

Published: November 3, 2019

Like in most places in the world, Russia’s silver screens are dominated by Hollywood’s global blockbusters. Russia’s film industry has struggled with the financial crisis, but it is also capable of producing films that can occasionally compete locally with the American machine. Once a month, SRAS provides a lineup of the top Russian movies in Russia that ranked in the top 10 for weekend box-office take.

Тайна печати дракона – Viy 2: Journey to China – $5,153,289 as of October 31

The English traveller Jonathan Green receives from Peter the Great an order to map the Russian Far East. Once again he sets out for a long journey full of incredible adventures that will eventually lead him to China. The cartographer will unexpectedly face a lot of breathtaking discoveries, encounter bizarre creatures, meet with Chinese princesses, and confront deadly martial arts masters, and even the Dragon King. And what could be more dangerous than meeting Viy, except doing it again? What will be stronger this time, the scientist’s staunch skepticism or the ancient black magic?

ГеройThe Hero – $2,641,828 as of October 31

15 years ago, Andrei, under the guidance of his father, Colonel Rodina, was trained as a teenager in a secret school for the Foreign Intelligence Service. When the pilot project was closed, Andrei burns his bridges, remains in Europe, and leaves the past behind. But one day his father calls, whom everyone thought dead. His father warns him that someone is out to kill Andrei, but who gave the order is unknown. Fleeing, he finds Masha, with whom he studied at the special school. Through love and betrayal he will learn just how ruthless espionage can be…

Девушки бывают разные – Very Different Girls – $1,574,330 as of October 31

Three friends head to Mexico to go surfing. However, they celebrate their arrival in a new country with enthusiasm and wake up the next on a beach with no money, documents, or memory of the day before. They soon discover that they ran afoul of an international crime boss who now wants them dead. They go into hiding by dressing as women. But they are soon tapped to participate in a women’s surfing tournament. Victory will earn them one hundred thousand dollars – enough to get out of the country again. But they still don’t know that their imperfect plan will be hindered by love, the secret services, the mafia, and even roosters.

Текст – Text – $1,531,911 as of October 31

27-year-old Ilya has spent seven years in prison on false charges of drug trafficking. When released, he discovers that his old life, which he yearned for while in prison, has been destroyed, and he will no longer be able to return to it. When he again meets Peter, the man who sent him to prison, he gains access to his offender’s smartphone, and with it, to his entire life. He becomes Peter, taking over his business activities and even his correspondence with Peter’s parents and girlfriend Nina.

Урфин Джюс возвращается – Oorfene Deuce Returns – $529,490 as of October 31

This is the second instalment of a Russian animated feature series that takes place in Oz. It’s based on a 1963 novel by Soviet writer A. M. Volkova and, while it also contains the Scarecrow, the Lion, and the Tin Woodsman, it is considered not directly based on original L. Frank Baum novels. In this sequel, Ellie and her faithful dog Totoshka again find themselves in Fairyland at the right time. The Emerald City authorities are again trying to capture the insidious Oorfene Deuce. Deuce has lost his army of wooden soldiers but has not given up his bad habit of spoiling everyone’s lives. He now holds a magic book that fulfills any desire of its master. To stop him, Ellie is also helped by her new friend Tim, who likes Ellie and is willing to anything for love – including making dumb mistakes. And everyone makes mistakes, but few are able to correct them…

СестренкаLittle Sister$340,819 as of September 30

Yamil is a young Bashkir, one of the many minorities of the USSR. WWII has been raging around him for as long as he can remember. His father is a nearly mythical figure to him, as he has been away at the front nearly all Yamil’s life. One day, his mother brings home a silent girl named Oksana, a Russian orphan, and says that his father says that they are to take care of her as their own. Yamil will go to great lengths to ensure that happens… This film was shot in Bashkir and Russian and shown with Russian dubbing in theatres outside of Bashkortostan, where the language is widely spoken.

Волшебник – The Magician – $223,564 as of October 31

A popular rock musician is living a miserable existence, wasting his talent and indulging ruining his body with a decadent lifestyle. But then he meets a boy with cerebral palsy who wants to learn the guitar and win the heart of his classmate. Everything begins to change as the musician begins to teach the boy how to play… and the boy teaches the musician how to live.

Люби их всех – Love Them All – $125,580 as of October 31

She has a plan for each man she meets. And they always pay. Sometime to feel like they won, sometimes to feel like they won’t lose more. But who knows where the deception ends and real feelings start? And who knows who she is: a kept one, an insidious fraudster, a talented actress, or a woman who only knows how to fall in love? Love them all.

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Josh Wilson

Josh Wilson is the Assistant Director for The School of Russian and Asian Studies (SRAS) and Communications Director for Alinga Consulting Group. In those capacities, he has been managing publications and informative websites covering geopolitics, history, business, economy, and politics in Eurasia since 2003. He is based in Moscow, Russia. For SRAS, he also assists in program development and leads the Home and Abroad Programs

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