The Recruiter (2004 film)

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Directed by Gulshat Omarova
Produced by Sergei Azimov, Sergei Bodrov, Sergei Selyanov
Written by Sergei Bodrov,
Gulshat Omarova
Starring Oldzhas Nusupbayev,
Olga Landina
Distributed by Picture This! (USA)
Release date
May 21, 2004
Running time
86 minutes
Country Kazakhstan
Language Russian

Shiza a.k.a. Schizo (Kazakh: Шиzа; Russian: Шиза) is a 2004 Russian language film directed by Gulshat Omarova. The film was in the official selection from Kazakhstan for the 77th Academy Awards. It was also screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


  • Tagline: In fights without rules, there is no rule that says: "Until first blood!"

Fifteen-year-old Mustafa (Olzhas Nusupbayev) — nicknamed "Shiza" for his weird behaviour in school — has no money, power or a girlfriend in his young life. Working for his mother’s boyfriend, Shiza scouts for fighters for the illegal, underground circuit of bare-knuckle fist-fighting.

However, his life changes forever when a young fighter is accidentally and mortally wounded in the ring. Before dying, the fighter asks Shiza to deliver his prize money to his wife Zinka (Olga Landina). Shiza takes the money to the now-widowed woman as promised. Upon meeting, Shiza falls in love with her. Suddenly, he finds direction as he is compelled to support and protect his new love no matter what the cost.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes:Shiza". Retrieved 2009-12-03. 

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