Schizo (2005)

Type Feature Film
MPAA Rating None
Runtime 1hr 26mins.
Genres Drama, Crime, Foreign
Keywords N/A
Status Released
US Release Date
Name Credit Credited as Role Id Sort Order
Ivan Lebedev Editor n/a 172 7000001
Hasanbek Kidiraliev Director of Photography n/a 120780 6000001
Sergei Bodrov Screenplay n/a 120778 4000002
Gulshad Omarova Screenplay n/a 120778 4000001
Sig Music n/a 120781 8000001
Talgat Asyrankoulov Production Designer n/a 164 9000001
Andrey Vlaznev Sound Recordist n/a 331 14000002
Julien Cloquet Sound Mixer (Archipel) 230 14000001
Alya Berjanova Makeup n/a 353 13000001
Talgat Asyrankulov Set Designer n/a 202 9000002
Sergey Azimov Producer n/a 3 3000003
Sergei Selyanov Producer n/a 3 3000002
Viktor Sukhorukov Actor Doctor Viktor 1 1000005
Bakhytbek Baymukhanbetov Actor Jaken 1 1000004
Olga Landina Actor Zinka 1 1000003
Eduard Tabyschev Actor Sakura 1 1000002
Gulnara Jeralieva Actor Kulyash 1 1000006
Kanagat Nurtay Actor Sunzhik 1 1000007
Sergei Bodrov Producer n/a 3 3000001
Gulshad Omarova Director n/a 2 2000001
Gairatzhan Tokhgibakiev Actor n/a 1 1000009
Zhurabek Musbaev Actor n/a 1 1000008
Olzhas Nusuppaev Actor Schizo 1 1000001
Mustafa, or "Schizo," a boy not quite 15 years old, becomes caught up in sordid adult dealings, and must struggle to maintain his sense of beauty and right as he develops the expertise and thick skin of a true player. Growing up in the destitute early '90s Kazakhstan, and nicknamed "Schizo" for his eccentric behavior in school, the young man lives an unrewarding home life in early-'90s Kazakhstan with his single mother and her boyfriend Sakura (a small-time hood). The makeshift family is poor, and the adults pay little attention to Schizo's prospects, except that Sakura offers Schizo a role in his own income scheme: procuring other men who will agree to fight in an underground and illegal boxing syndicate. The men will vie for money and cars, but few will ever win, and some are horribly injured. Already toughened by life, Schizo takes to this work with zeal, happy to have a little spending money. But he is taken aback when one recruit--a young man named Ali--dies after his boxing match, entrusting a small amount of money to Schizo, to be delivered to Ali's girlfriend Zina. Feeling a faint sympathy for the dead Ali, Schizo finds Zina, a somewhat older woman, living in a small hovel on the outskirts of his town. Also living there is someone Ali never mentioned: his young son Sanzhik, a mere toddler who finds the new, teenage stranger intriguing.