The Man Who Saves the World
Dünyayı Kurtaran Adam (The Man Who Saves The World), also known as Turkish Star Wars.
Very little is actually known about this film's history. Some believe it was just a local drive-in film, others think it was just shown in a few theaters, or maybe television. We may never know, but it was likely not shown throughout Turkey, due to the whole plagiarism thing. (And considering the real Star Wars was released in Turkey, just dubbed.)
It definitely does not have fight scenes comparable to anything by Jackie Chan, but it does have guys jumping around and punching the stuffing out of overgrown stuffed animals! And it may not have special effects as good as Star Wars, but...wait, yes it does - because it steals footage directly from Star Wars (hence this film's nickname)!
The plot, as best anyone can tell, is this: It's the far future, and humanity has colonized space, and Earth has been destroyed multiple times. Two TIE fighter pilots, Murat and Ali, get shot down after some kind of space battle, and crash land on a desert planet. They then get attacked by guys dressed as skeletons, but fight them off with their mad kung fu skills. Then they get attacked by other guys and get captured. Said other guys work for an evil wizard, who has some kind of nefarious scheme. These other guys try to press the pilots into gladiatorial combat, but they fight back. They're forced to retreat when robots with guns show up. Along with the other prisoners, the pilots join some kind of underground resistance against the evil wizard. They get attacked by mummies and holy crap we're not even halfway through the movie and we haven't even mentioned the force field made from human brains yet.
You know what, the creators obviously didn't give this movie much thought, so why should we?
A sequel, Son of the Man Who Saves the World, was made decades later.
- Backstory: There's more going on in the prologue's Info Dump than in most movies' entire plot. And none of it makes any damn sense. For example, we're told that Earth is destroyed at least twice, yet the planet later seems to be okay. (As best anyone can tell, Earth got blown up into pieces, which somehow became their own planets... Yeah, that doesn't help, does it?)
- The first 5 or so minutes aren't the only infodump. There's another one given halfway through the movie with even more hilarious stuff. Did you know that Jesus Christ fought aliens?
- Barehanded Blade Block: Murat did this a couple of times.
- BFS: The sword may not look very impressive, but at least it's big.
- Conflict Ball: Ali got an egregious one.
- Cool and Unusual Punishment: Being buried in dirt. Not even enough that the heroes couldn't just sit up. Oh, and pressing styrofoam blocks to the chest and wrapping phone cords around them? Oooooooookayyyyyyy...
- Creator Provincialism: "Two Turkish pilots and some other people went off to battle."
- The sequel went overboard with this, to the point where it becomes unintentionally hilarious.
- Driving a Desk: In the opening space battle, Ali and Murat pretend to pilot starfighters while Stock Footage from Star Wars is projected onto the wall behind them.
- Earthshattering Kaboom: Shown a couple of times using the destruction of Alderaan clip.
- Fuuma Shuriken: The main villain attempts to kill the protagonist with large paper ninja stars. However, he misses with most of them and the rest get reflected back and go boom.
- Half the Man He Used To Be
- Handsome Lech
- Infant Immortality: Averted. The monsters attack and kill civilian children.
- Info Dump: This movie is the Infodump Truck.
- Jump Cut: Many, and very conspicuous.
Spoony: The transitions in this movie are so abrupt that I'm getting whiplash.
- Leitmotif: How many times can they play the Indiana Jones theme? Guess. Nope, more than that.
- The opening also contains very brief segments of the music from Battlestar Galactica and Flash Gordon.
- Made of Plasticine: Murat and Ali can punch through their monster foes or tear their limbs right off, all with their bare hands.
- Made of Explodium: Rocks. Paper ninja stars. Enemy mooks' heads.
- Mook Chivalry: Seen in several fight sequences.
- Oddly-Shaped Sword: The magic gold sword is shaped like some kind of lighting bolt.
- Power Fist: For the final showdown, the protagonist melts down his magic BFS and a magic golden brain and turns them into a pair of magic gloves and magic boots.
- Plot Hole: You could say this movie has a few.
- Random Events Plot: This is a movie where things just happen.
- Spoiler Title
- Stock Footage: Lifted from Star Wars, of course, as well as from the less recognizable films Sodom and Gomorrah and The Magic Sword. Made even worse/better by frequently being shown in the wrong aspect ratio, with results like an egg-shaped Death Star. It stands out just a little bit from the original footage for this film. To make it worse, there's frequently no context for using this footage in the first place.
- Stuff Blowing Up
- Styrofoam Rocks
- Tin Can Robot: The main villain's servant is one, although made of rubber. Shout-Out to Robbie The Robot in Forbidden Planet.
- Theme Music Power-Up
- Training Montage: Possibly the most unintentionally hilarious one ever.
- Wuxia: When you look at it, it's pretty much a kung fu movie IN SPACE!
- You Have Failed Me...
- Your Head Asplode: In fact, your head makes a good grenade.