Worth Watching - June 23: Russian War Film 'Admiral' Trailer

June 23, 2008
Source: Twitch

Admiral Trailer

I stumbled across a great teaser trailer for a Russian film titled Admiral that I wanted to feature today. You might be surprised to discover that this an entirely Russian production, which amazes me because it looks impressive for something that isn't tainted by Hollywood. Admiral stars Konstantin Khabensky, of Night Watch / Day Watch, as Admiral Kolchak during the Russian Civil War. The film, to put it simply, is a story of a great love facing the greatest drama of the history of Russia. There's not much more I can say to prepare you for Admiral, except to warn you that the dialogue is in Russian without subtitles.

Watch the teaser trailer for Admiral:

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Admiral is directed by Russian filmmaker Andrei Kravchuk, of the Berlin Film Festival hit The Italian previously. The film was written by Russian screenwriters Zoya Coudrie and Vladimir Valutsky. Admiral debuts in theaters in Russia and Eastern Europe starting in October of this year. 20th Century Fox has the international distribution rights to the film, but no American release date has been set.

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Reader Feedback - 31 Comments


Thats Russian Civil War, not WW2. Interestingly the main character appears to be a Tsarist/White Russian rather than a Bolshevik.

Guy on Jun 23, 2008


She is beautiful!

fatchary on Jun 23, 2008


That looks pretty cool.

Cinexcellence on Jun 23, 2008


Thanks for posting something from Russian filmmaking.

Santiago on Jun 23, 2008


Looks very promising. Can't help but think of Doctor Zhivago a little bit with some of the snow scenes...although it's surely not going to touch that classic. Thanks for posting it. Hopefully some studio will have enough sense to release it here in the USA...and I mean a WIDE release. On the other hand, I wouldn't be surprised if it took until 2009 to see it here in the states. I mean if there is trouble in finding a distributor for RED CLIFF in the USA, then all bets are off.

Christopher on Jun 23, 2008


It is nice to see a high production foreign film that does not feature a Bollywood wedding.

John on Jun 23, 2008


looks great but i need some subtitles

Darrin on Jun 23, 2008


Though I greatly fear what 20thCF will do with the 3rd installment of the Night Watch Trilogy- I adore Konstantin and I am excited that they are bringing Russian cinema over to us. Can't wait to see it!

Melissa on Jun 23, 2008


My god...that woman is beautiful... who is she? Plus that trailer looks amazing! I hope it doesn't take long to hit the states..please!

Tim C on Jun 23, 2008


Glad to hear so many of you guys enjoyed this! I was worried it was only something that I'd liked and not a trailer most others would enjoy... Hopefully Fox brings it over here, too!

Alex Billington on Jun 24, 2008


The cinematography looks beutiful. And i like it with no subtitles. It makes me a bit more curious.

Arnold on Jun 24, 2008


Wasn't that chick in Vertical limit?

Dhiram on Jul 5, 2008


Me gustaria saber cuando se estrena en argentina porque me impacto mucho el trailer y me parecio muy interesante.. o como puedo conseguir la pelicula por favor contestenme gracias...

soledad on Jul 15, 2008


Admiral Kolchak was the leader of the anti-communist forces in the Russian Civil war which took place between 1917-1921.

Drew Shifley on Aug 16, 2008


Actually i've watched this film yesterday in russian. it is great (though no precisely historical). You may question the choice of events the directors decided to show (too many pages of Kolchak's biography left aside) or the way the opposing sides of the Russian Civil war were depicted (Monarchists are all white knights, bolsheviks are scum) but you cannot deny that the film touches even your cynical, raised by all the recent Russian history soul to its very foundation. It made me rethink once again the concepts of Russian statesmenship, patriotism, personal responcibility for the future of the beloved country. I hope at least some of you guys in the US will be able to see and understand a little bit more about us.

grigant on Oct 8, 2008


This movie is beautiful!!! I've also watched it on tuesday! There is a real story behind this film, Admiral Kolchack was the leader of White Russians, he also was the admiral at the time of the tsar, and when Nikolai II gave up his throne, he was sent away for a year to the USA by temporary government to give advice about sea bombs for the First World War (they were also noblemen and gave him a chance to get away from Russia and execution, his family was sent away to France). At the time he was in love with Anna Temereva who was also married, they exchanged letters for 5 years, she was 21 when she met him, he was 41 i think. In the end she left her husband, she stayed with him for the last 15 months of his life, when he was arrested she went in prison with him, in the end he was executed and thrown into a river, she spent 30 years in concentration camps after that, she was called Kolchak's prostitute - they were never married, they let her come back to moscow at the age of 70, she died in 1975, she was 82 years old, she also left memoirs, where she has written that she remembered Kolchak every day of her life, most of their letters were lost or burned, but some of them survived and I have found a book with them - this made me almost cry, this is a story of great love, she gave up everything for her and stayed with him until the end. Also her ex-husband and her son died in 1940's, Kolchack died 7 february 1920, one day after his burthday. I'm sorry for my grammar - english is not my native language. Hope this is useful.

Kate on Oct 10, 2008


Subtitles: Kolchack to his wife: You're my wife, I'm your husband and it's going to stay like this. Timireva to Kolchak: How do you think tsars chose their wives before? Voice behind the camera: Your highness, we have received a radiogramm - german cruiser Brislau went out of Bosporus passage (all the sea fights are with german cruisers) next - offcers running crying - Get away! You can watch more trailers on (you will find them in the head of the page, right under the headline of the movie, choose the right link)

Kate on Oct 10, 2008


I'm from the U.S., but I saw the premier last night in Kiev Ukraine. I know very little Russian, but pretty much understood everything that was going on. Amazing film. The acting, the cinematography, costumes, locations, and the story (a true story). Hope it gets released in the U.S. Just amazing.

David on Oct 10, 2008


David, if you have any questions concerning the film, don't hesitate to ask me.

Kate on Oct 10, 2008


Kate -- thanks, I have lots of questions. Please click on my name for my website My email address is on the website. ogromnoe spasibo. (P.S. Your English is superb. 🙂

David on Oct 10, 2008


Kate, - Hi, I was wondering if you can give me more information about the book you mention. I would love to get my hands on it.

Steve on Oct 14, 2008


Unfortunately it's in Russian - I'm quite sure that it's not translated into English...

Kate on Oct 14, 2008


I actually want it in Russian. If you can get me the title, it would be greatly appreciated. Where do you live, if you don't mind me asking....

Steve on Oct 14, 2008


When it comes to Russian movies I'm always a little sceptical. I usually don't like anything..)) The camera work, the acting, the special effects and especially the plot. I didn't like Night Watch or Day Watch. I hated Irony of Fate 2, I thought it was a cheap and unnessesary remake of a brilliant soviet comedy. This movie, however, is a completely different story. It is the light at the end of the dark tunnel of Russian film making. It has everything a good motion picture should have, quality wise it lives up to hollywood standards. The special effects and camera work make it a feast for the eyes. But the most important thing about this film is not the special effects, it's not even the plot line. The most important thing is the feeling...And this movie hurt. After I left the thietre I felt the hurt grow stronger. I don't know if you have to be Russian to understand and feel this particular moment of history, but it was difficult and painful for me to watch. How could this have happened? And what is the extent of human cruelty? I don't think I want to pick this movie apart and discuss the acting, directing, different story lines in the film separately. Right now I see it as a whole, as a simphony. Right now I'm still under the impression...And that is exactly what makes this movie beautiful and powerful. p.s for those of you who haven't seen it yet, I strongly advise that you watch it. I hope they release it in the US. It would sort of be a breath of fresh air to the American audience as well.

Marge on Oct 18, 2008


Anna Temereva or the so-called "that beautiful woman" is played by Elizaveta Boyarskaya. She is the daughter of a Russian actor Mikhail Boyarksy, who is best known for his role as D'Artagnan (D'Artagnan and Three Musketeers).

irina on Nov 7, 2008


Where can I buy this movie

Mike Pikowski on Dec 16, 2008


Cool movie. Better production values than any Russian movie I've seen since War and Peace

Jeff Stockton (Honolulu) on Mar 3, 2009


Mike Pikowaki, In answer to your question, you can by the USA-playable DVD at I going to try to link my name to the product page you want. Otherwise, just search their site for "Admiral"

Jason Alexander on Mar 3, 2009


just amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i adore it, oh my God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Layla on Jun 20, 2009


"You might be surprised to discover that this an entirely Russian production, which amazes me because it looks impressive for something that isn't tainted by Hollywood" ??? " looks impressive for something that isn't tainted by Hollywood" ??? Such a humble comment, or how is this supposed to be understood?? Although 99% of the news in CNN (the American version) relates to events in the US, and the remaining 1% comes from Israel, Iraq & Afghanistan, i.e. where the US has some kind of engagement - there is still a world outside this bubble. The average American is more isolated from the outer world than the people from fomer USSR used to be. Sad to see. In any case, the film Admiral is great, and there are many more great films outside the "bubble". If you like the war movie category, I also recommend the Korean film "Brotherhood/The Brotherhood of War".

Nik on Nov 3, 2009


This film is very different that the others. It is deeply touched my soul. The actors perfect! Only in the Great country people can act this way. God Bless Russia!

Anna on Nov 6, 2009

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