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The King of Kungsan
Directed byStaffan Hildebrand
Produced byHillar Loor
Written byStaffan Hildebrand
StarringPaolo Roberto
Quincy Jones III
Liam Norberg
Narrated byQuincy Jones III
Music byQuincy Jones III
Karl Dyall
Kasper Blom
CinematographyJohan Schell
Edited byThomas Holéwa
Carina Hellberg
Fredrik Becklén
Release date
  • 23 January 1987 (1987-01-23) (Sweden)
Running time
47 minutes
The film is based on the early life of Swedish boxer Paolo Roberto.

Stockholmsnatt (English: Stockholm Night or The King of Kungsan) is a Swedish drama film which was released to cinemas in Sweden on 23 January 1987,[1] directed by Staffan Hildebrand.


The film is loosely based on a true story about Paolo Roberto, later a professional boxer and TV presenter. Because of his Italian roots, Paolo is dealing with an identity crisis. With an admiration of kung fu films and with his teenage aggressions, the kung fu films have a negative impact on him, which tempts him to practice violence on innocent citizens in Stockholm.

The films takes place in Kungsträdgården, which normally is a popular meeting place, but is shown differently in the film because it has been occupied by violent teenage gangs. The film was shown amongst students during the late 1980s in order to prevent future violence between rival gangs. However, the film had an opposite effect on the youth who identified with Roberto, and became influential on the violent "kickers" subculture. It is today regarded as one of the most important cult films in Sweden.[2]


Home video[edit]

The film was released to VHS in 1987[3] and to DVD on 7 September 2005.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Stockholmsnatt". Swedish Film Database. 23 January 1987. Retrieved 17 September 2016.
  2. ^ Strage, Fredrik (7 October 2005) "Nyligen gavs 'Stockholmsnatt' ut på dvd. Som tidsdokument är den underhållande, som film bottenlös.." (in Swedish). Dagens Nyheter. Retrieved on 24 April 2009.
  3. ^ "Stockholmsnatt / en film av Staffan Hildebrand" (in Swedish). Swedish Media Database. 1987. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  4. ^ ""Stockholmsnatt" ut på DVD" (in Swedish). Svenska dagbladet. 11 August 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Stockholmsnatt" (in Swedish). Swedish Media Database. 2005. Retrieved 17 September 2016.

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