The Irony of Fate 2
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|The Irony of Fate 2|
|Directed by||Timur Bekmambetov|
|Produced by||Anatoli Maksimov|
|Written by||Timur Bekmambetov
|Music by||Yuri Poteyenko
|Distributed by||Russia Channel One, Bazelevs Company and Mosfilm
US New Line Cinema
|Release dates||December 21, 2007|
|Running time||115 min.|
The Irony of Fate 2 or The Irony of Fate: Continuation (Russian: Ирония Судьбы. Продолжение; Ironiya sud’by. Prodolzheniye) is a 2007 Russian romantic comedy film directed by Timur Bekmambetov based on a screenplay by Alexey Slapovskiy produced by Channel One and released by Mosfilm. It is a direct sequel of the first The Irony of Fate.
It was originally rumored to be put in production in a press release, dedicated to the original movie's 30th anniversary in 2005.
Irony of Fate earned $55,000,000 in total from its gross box-office release, with $49,000,000 coming from the Russian box-office alone. It was the highest-grossing film within Russia up until the release of Avatar there.
The characters from the first film now have children, who have managed to get into the same situation as their parents many years ago. However, this story is not simply a remake of the original movie. Firstly, all of Lukashin's adventures were accidental, whereas here everything is done according to a plan thought up by Pavlik (a friend of Lukashin's). His idea is to help his friend Evgeniy with his loneliness. To this end, he dispatches Lukashin's son Kostya to Petersburg, where he acts in the same manner as his father 30 years ago. In flat 12 he meets Nadejda (who is actually the daughter of Nadejda from the first movie). She has a fiancé called Irakliy, a businessman. Kostantin's task is to lure Iracliy away from the flat, then wait for Nadejda's mother to come; he then makes her call Evgeniy Lukashin. Pavlik persuades Evgeniy to go to St. Petersburg. The plot becomes a story of two fights over a woman: Konstantin vs. Irakliy and Evgeniy vs. Ippolit. Finally Lukashins win the competition, because Irakliy turns out to be too dull for Nadya and Nadejda understands that she was never in love with Ippolit.
- Andrey Myagkov as Evgeniy Mikhaylovich Lukashin (or Zhenya)
- Barbara Brylska as Nadezhda Vasilyevna Sheveleva (or Nadya)
- Yuri Yakovlev as Ippolit Georgievich
- Konstantin Khabensky as Kostya (Konstantin Evgeniyevich) Lukashin (the son of Evgeniy)
- Elizaveta Boyarskaya as Nadya (Nadezhda Ippolitovna) Sheveleva (the daughter of Ippolit and Nadya)
- Sergey Bezrukov as Irakliy
- Dato Bakhtadze as Artur
- Ramaz Chkhikvadze Jr. as Artur's Son
- Ville Haapasalo as Drunken finn
- Roman Madyanov as Police Officer
- Vladimir Putin as himself (TV footage)
- Sergei Rubeko as Man with New-Year-tree
- Eldar Ryazanov as Kostya's neighbor in plane (cameo role)
- Anna Semenovich as Woman with kid
- Valentina Talyzina as Nadya's friend
- Viktor Verzhbitsky as Homeless mystery man
- Mikhail Yefremov as Ded Moroz
- Yevgeniya Dobrovolskaya as Snegurochka