The Red Poppies of Issyk-Kul

Алые маки Иссык Куля
Director: Bolotbek Shamshiyev

USSR, Action, 1971, 99 min

The events of this film take place in the 1920s – a time of vehement strife for the Soviet power. The film is about the Soviet attempt to deal with the problems of opium traffic and drug smuggling in the Issyk-Kul region and to bring that area under the Soviet control. In the film, the smugglers not only engage in trafficking opium to China but also exert psychological pressure on the people in the region, trying to make them leave. The film tells a story about social and class differences. The plot of “The Red Poppies of Issyk-Kul” is based on the novella by Aleksandr Sytin, “The Smugglers of Tyan-Shan”.

About the director:
Bolotbek Shamshiyev (born 1941) is a famous Kyrgyz director. He is a laureate of many International Film Festivals. Shamshiev is a current head of the Kyrgyz ministry of cinematography. His films including “White Ship” (Белый пароход, 1976), “Early Cranes” (Ранние журавли, 1979), “Pitfall” (Волчья яма, 1983), “Climbing on Mount Fuji” (Восхождение на Фудзияму, 1988) are known all over the world.
Section: Red Westerns

Screenplay: Yuryi Sokol, Vasilyi Sokol

Dir. of Photography: Viktor Osennikov

Music: Mikhael Marutaev

Cast: Suimenkul Chokmolov, Sovetbek Dzhumadylov, Eleubai Umurzakov