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Eastern promises
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Publication Information:
Universal City, CA : Universal Studios Home Entertainment, c2007.
Physical Description:
1 videodisc (101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
DVD format.

Originally released as a motion picture in 2007.

Special features: "Secrets and stories," featurette showing how director David Cronenberg brought the screenplay to life in the dark and forbidding streets of London; "Marked for life," featurette in which director David Cronenberg reveals the hidden history behind Russian tattoos as well as their complex symbolism and unique visual storytelling.
Russian-born Nikolai Luzhin is a driver for one of London's most notorious organized crime families of Eastern European origin. The family itself is part of the Vory V Zakone criminal brotherhood. Semyon heads the syndicate and is the proprietor of a plush Trans-Siberian restaurant. But his friendliness at the restaurant masks a cold and brutal core. Fortunes are tested by Semyon's volatile son and enforcer, Kirill. But Nikolai's carefully maintained existence is jarred once he crosses paths at Christmastime with Anna Khitrova, a midwife at a North London hospital. Anna is deeply affected by the death of a teenager giving birth to a baby. Anna resolves to try and trace the baby's lineage and relatives. The girl has a personal diary, but it is written in Russian. Anna's Russian-born uncle urges caution. Anna accidentally unleashes the full fury of the Vory. With Semyon and Kirill closing ranks and Anna pressing her inquiries, Nikolai unexpectedly finds his loyalties divided. Hanging in the balance is a harrowing chain of murder, deceit, and retribution.
Reading Level:
MPAA rating: R; strong brutal and bloody violence, some graphic sexuality, language and nudity.
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Digital Video Disc (DVD) Eastern (2007)
Digital Video Disc (DVD) Eastern (2007)

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