Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)

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  • IMDb page: Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema (2008)
  • Rate: 7.5/10 total 7,874 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama
  • Release Date: May 2008 (South Africa)
  • Runtime: 119 min
  • Filming Location: Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa
  • Director: Ralph Ziman
  • Stars: Daniel Buckland, Robert Hobbs and Kevon Kane
  • Original Music By: Alan Ari Lazar   
  • Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
  • Plot Keyword: Carjacking | Police | Drug Lord | Epic | Johannesburg South Africa

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Ralph Ziman  writer

Known Trivia

  • South Africa’s 2009 Academy Awards official submission to Foreign-Language Film category.
  • A mixture of languages can be heard throughout the movie. Much of what the main characters speak to each other is township slang known as Tsotsitaal (literally ‘gangster language’) which is composed of vocabulary from Zulu, Sotho, Afrikaans, English, other African languages and invented slang. It is generally associated with young township-dwelling men, though some terms have entered mainstream South African parlance.

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When Josh is in drug rehab, a sign says "Hospice Entrance" is clearly visible, showing that the scene was shot at a hospice.

Plot: Young hoodlum's rise from a small-time criminal to a powerful crime entrepreneur during the turbulent years before and after the fall of apartheid. Full summary »  »

Story: Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune – hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from the landowners. His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the local police force who have no qualms about using unprovoked brutality to bring him down. His trouble with the law, coupled with an escalating war between a local drug lord, creates a tense standoff: both sides are closing in, and Kunene must stay one step ahead–or his empire, and his life, will come crashing down.Written by Official Site  

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Synopsis: Inspired by a true story, Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema is an unflinching look into the crime, corruption and the transgressions of those looking to survive in the most crime-infested district of Johannesburg.Starting off with simple smash and grabs, and petty crime, Lucky Kunene quickly graduates to more aggressive heists such as armed robbery and carjacking. Soon, Lucky realizes he needs a bigger score to fulfill his goals of making it big, and escaping from the slums, to a dream house by the sea. Kunene hatches an elaborate and violent plan to make his fortune – hijacking buildings from landlords of Johannesburg tenements by winning the favor of the tenants and then holding their rent hostage from the landowners. His high-profile real estate acquisitions attract the attention of the local police force who have no qualms about using unprovoked brutality to bring him down. His trouble with the law, coupled with an escalating war between a local drug lord, creates a tense standoff: both sides are closing in, and Kunene must stay one step aheador his empire, and his life, will come crashing down. Gangsters Paradise: Jerusalema is written and directed by Ralph Ziman, and stars Rapaulana Seiphemo (Tsotsi), Robert Hobbs (District 9), Kenneth Nkosi (District 9), Eugene Khumbanyiwa (District 9), and Louise Saint-Claire(District 9).

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Produced By:

  • Ronnie Apteker known as executive producer
  • Guto Bussab known as co-producer
  • Tendeka Matatu known as producer
  • Gary Phillips known as executive producer
  • Jewels Satterfield known as associate producer
  • Mark Vennis known as executive producer
  • Ralph Ziman known as producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Daniel Buckland known as Josh Freidlander
  • Robert Hobbs known as Detective Swart
  • Kevon Kane known as Van C – drug dealer
  • Eugene Khumbanyiwa known as Drug dealer
  • Motlatsi Mahloko known as Young Zakes
  • Jafta Mamabolo known as Young Kunene
  • Shelley Meskin known as Leah Freidlander
  • Kenneth Nkosi known as Sithole
  • Ronnie Nyakale known as Zakes Mbolelo
  • Louise Saint-Claire known as Anna-Marie van Rensburg
  • Rapulana Seiphemo known as Lucky Kunene
  • Jeffrey Zekele known as Nazareth

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  • Christo Strydom known as art department coordinator

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Production Companies:

  • Muti Films

Other Companies:

  • DitlevFilms  end title sequence
  • Lakeshore Records  soundtrack

Distributors:

  • Lleju Productions (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Ster-Kinekor Pictures (2007) (South Africa) (theatrical)
  • Anchor Bay Entertainment (2010) (USA) (DVD)
  • Ascot Elite Home Entertainment (2011) (Germany) (DVD)
  • Cinemax (2009) (Hungary) (TV)
  • Indies Home Entertainment (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (retail)
  • Madman Entertainment (2009) (Australia) (DVD)
  • Movie Bank (2009) (Netherlands) (DVD) (rental)

..{tab=Other Stuff}Visual Effects by:

  • Paul Hill known as digital compositor
  • Ntana Key known as digital intermediate colorist

Release Date:

  • Germany 11 February 2008 (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • South Africa May 2008
  • USA 19 October 2008 (Chicago International Film Festival)
  • UK 29 November 2008 (London African Film Festival)
  • USA 14 February 2009 (Portland International Film Festival)
  • Hungary 31 March 2009 (TV premiere)
  • Netherlands 1 September 2009 (DVD premiere)
  • Finland 19 September 2009 (Helsinki International Film Festival)
  • USA 11 June 2010 (limited)
  • UK 9 July 2010 (limited)
  • Japan 14 November 2010 (Cinema Africa)
  • UK 12 February 2011 (Keswick Film Festival)

MPAA: Rated R for violence, language, drug use and some sexual content

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