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« on: May 25, 2007, 04:02:52 PM »

Has anyone seen a great Finnish TV-series "Raid"(2000)? Heavily SW influenced, using almost every cliche there is but that never bothers you when you're watching it. It's kinda same thing as with OUATITW: it takes all the cliches and makes the best out of them. There are also direct references, like: the leading character is watching OUATITW on TV and knows all the lines, the last lines are "Are you coming back some day?" "Someday.". Also references to American movies like Rio Bravo, Dirty Harry and Casablanca. This series has some kind of cult-status here in Finland, and it's the most popular Finnish series ever. It was shown on some local-channel on Washington D.C. area. Did anyone catch it?

It's on DVD (I own a copy) with English subtitles but I think it's R2 only. 

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« Reply #1 on: June 28, 2007, 09:01:09 AM »

I'm bumbing this for this one time only, then I let this be. I hoped there would be more interest... Undecided
Anyway, at least Filmifriikki has it and they deliver also abroad: http://www.filmifriikki.fi/~VPgWx0000001/?Y999=PIF&Y104=000001000001615&Y220=4683bee5000058870020bf4e93b1d4d2f98ab443 You can get a lot cheaper but only in Finland.

The series was followed by a movie, also called "Raid". Amazon has it: http://www.amazon.com/Raid-NON-USA-FORMAT-PAL-Reg-2/dp/B000AM39JM/ref=sr_1_30/102-9627300-6964929?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1183042224&sr=1-30

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« Reply #2 on: October 22, 2007, 11:13:36 AM »

I'm bumbing this for this one time only, then I let this be. I hoped there would be more interest... Undecided
Fuck that.

Here's a link to a slideshow of pictures taken by the production desinger: http://www.kolumbus.fi/jukka.uusitalo/raid10.htm They're from the sets of the movie. The fifth pic is from the amazing and hilarious porridge-eating scene. 

Something: http://www.finland.org/netcomm/news/showarticle.asp?intNWSAID=37794&intIGID=25&LAN=EN&Thread=&intThreadPosition=2

A few pics I found on the net, most of them are from the movie. The first pic is a poster that I've never seen before but would love to own.















I'll give a full review and maybe more pics when I watch the series next time (and probably the movie at some point too).

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« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2008, 05:37:18 PM »

OK thanks to moviesceleton, Ive been watching the 12 part series Raid (2000). I just finished it last night and it was very entertaining from start to end. For me, anyway its very reminiscent of American Author's John D. MacDonald's character Travis McGee which I'll explain later.

A police official is assassinated by a sniper through a glass window, this  action and its subsequential investigation introduces us a slew of interesting characters and gets the whole story rolling.

Title character Raid played by Kai Lehtinen is a scruffy, stubble wearing loner he lives in a trailer that's parked in a warehouse with assorted boats and an old Mercedes Benz. The warehouse is owned by his dead ex-girlfriend's father Uki Kukkamaa played by Esko Salminen he has a wooden boat that he's restoring.

Oiva Lohtander is Komisario Jansson a sort of chief of detectives a classic downtrodden everyman who resembles "Daddy Warbucks" from the old Orphan Annie comics, his deadpan expressions are priceless. He his hobby is another old Mercedes which he mostly sits in in his garage to wind down. He is in charge of two Vanhempi konstaapeli ( sort of assistant dectives )Huusko and Susisaari (played by Pekka Huotari & Kirsti Väänänen) . Huusko is a real "horn dog" who has no real home but is having an affair with a criminals wife where he resides on and off.  Susisaari is a big cute blond built like a brick shithouse.

These three have to deal with ( I think ) Apulaispoliisimestari Ritva Hakala the battle axe of a boss played by Tuula Nyman, she has a sort of employee's relations/compliance officer as an assistant of sorts who is  another blond running around in a tight mini skirt, she is pretty hot looking.

Juha Muje plays another character Pornokauppias Sundman a porn dealer, who drives around in a huge American convertable in the Finnish winter with the top down, playing pop tunes from the top 40 of the 60's-70's.

Hammar is a professional hitman played by a creepy Tapio Liinoja.

A company named Escon has been given a special status favored by the Finnish government to promote economic development sort of  like a USA  "Enterprise Zone" where they are taxed at little or very low rate.

Anyway (some of this was hard to follow but I;m sure moviesceleton can clear it up) Uki who I think was a small time criminal hired Hammar to scare Raid off his daughter. Hammar shot Raid in the foot during a heist. (now I'm not sure if Raid was caught and sent to jail or not) but Uki's daughter who worked for Escon gets sick unexplainedly and dies.

So Raid on a personal vendetta figures out that Hammar is the hit man working for Escon's cronies, Uki suspects that maybe Escon had something to do with his daughters death, Porn dealer Sundman I think is part of Uki's old gang and these three plus another guy start to track down whats going on from the underworld side while Jansson and the police investigate from the other end.

There are references to OUTITW there is a heavy SW influence, using almost every cliche as moviesceleton mentions & there is this Americanophile trucker character who wears bucksins a Yankees Jacket and a cowboy hat.

Raid during the story meets a cute lunchwagon gal, can't remember her name and she becomes his love interest.

The great thing about this miniseries is that there are no "pretty boy -gal" main characters ( the kind that predominate in American films these days) all the actors look like convincing real people, people with flaws, zits, etc., etc., folks you'd meet on the street of anyplace.

Worth checking out if you ever get a chance.

Raid will remind folks of John D. McDonald's character Travis McGee who was a "salvage expert" who lived on a houseboat in the Ft. Lauderdale FL, Bahia Mar Marina, he took jobs salvaging situations for people who couldn't go to the police.

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« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2008, 06:15:42 PM »

Yeah, but . . . how come they didn't call it "Foray"? Evil

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« Reply #5 on: August 29, 2008, 04:43:17 AM »

Yeah, but . . . how come they didn't call it "Foray"? Evil
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Hammar is a professional hitman played by a creepy Tapio Liinoja.

A company named Escon has been given a special status favored by the Finnish government to promote economic development sort of  like a USA  "Enterprise Zone" where they are taxed at little or very low rate.

Anyway (some of this was hard to follow but I;m sure moviesceleton can clear it up) Uki who I think was a small time criminal hired Hammar to scare Raid off his daughter. Hammar shot Raid in the foot during a heist. (now I'm not sure if Raid was caught and sent to jail or not) but Uki's daughter who worked for Escon gets sick unexplainedly and dies.

So Raid on a personal vendetta figures out that Hammar is the hit man working for Escon's cronies, Uki suspects that maybe Escon had something to do with his daughters death, Porn dealer Sundman I think is part of Uki's old gang and these three plus another guy start to track down whats going on from the underworld side while Jansson and the police investigate from the other end.
Thanks for your review CJ. I'll try to clear the plot out for you. I think it went like this (I'm not 100% sure because it's been like almost two years since I last watched the series): Uki hired Hammar to scare Raid off (not sure if he told exactly to shoot him in the foot) because Raid had dumped Uki's daughter who's heart broke because of it. Then I think Raid got to jail and when he got free, he moved to Sweden where he stayed until he got to hear that his ex-love was dead. I think she died of "natural causes" but according to Uki "it was the job that killed her". I'm sorry but I can't say anything sure after this. Hammar had something to do with it...or then not. Raid naturally wants to go after him because he betrayed him, but the real hunt starts only after Hammar has shot Uki, right? So at first they are tracking down the bosses of Uki's daughter, or am I just making this up? Come to think of it, the big plot is a bit hazy to me but I remember lots and lots of separate scenes. It's almost like the plot is just an excuse for the scenes. I need to watch it again this fall.

CJ, what's your favorite scene? Mine could be the one where they are burning the old couch which has a dead body in it, and then the dead man's cell phone starts to ring and Sundman pretends to answer his own phone Grin

Amazon seems to have the movie: http://www.amazon.com/Raid-NON-USA-FORMAT-PAL-Reg-2/dp/B000AM39JM/ref=sr_1_30/102-9627300-6964929?ie=UTF8&s=dvd&qid=1183042224&sr=1-30 It's PAL Region 2 but it's got English subtitles. It's very entertaining even though it's not quite up to par with the series. I would send you also a copy of it but I have it only on VHS, not DVD.

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« Reply #6 on: August 29, 2008, 06:29:51 AM »

As far as some of those plot points they are basically just the "mcguffins" for everything else.

There are a lot of great scenes the burning couch & cell phone ringing of couse, the ongoing gag between Jansson and Anrie the Ass, Jansson's erctile dysfunction, the bits in the porn shop, its just a great miniseries that hits on all cylinders.

An added plus is the cittes & countryside of Finland, the first half of the series takes place in winter and its great to see outdoor shots of falling snow and snowbound cityscapes. In the end its spring or early summer.

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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2008, 10:03:05 AM »

To reply to the beginning of this thread, I live in the Washington DC area and I did see RAID 4 times in '05 but was in California last year when it was show again here. It was one of many shows on the "International Mystery Theatre" shown on Sunday night and replayed Tuesday. I didn't like it the first time but by its end and the second showing, I couldn't get enough of it.....MHz Networks had planned to sell DVDs by Christmas of '05 but because of Music rights they could not release them for sale......The only thing they made available was some of the original music. I have been waiting at least 3 years to find a copy.
I still would like to get a copy (with English subtitles) -- If anyone knows where I can obtain a copy I would be very interested (I have an all region player so it doesn't matter if it comes from Europe)

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« Reply #8 on: September 27, 2008, 02:11:33 PM »

To reply to the beginning of this thread, I live in the Washington DC area and I did see RAID 4 times in '05 but was in California last year when it was show again here. It was one of many shows on the "International Mystery Theatre" shown on Sunday night and replayed Tuesday. I didn't like it the first time but by its end and the second showing, I couldn't get enough of it.....MHz Networks had planned to sell DVDs by Christmas of '05 but because of Music rights they could not release them for sale......The only thing they made available was some of the original music. I have been waiting at least 3 years to find a copy.
I still would like to get a copy (with English subtitles) -- If anyone knows where I can obtain a copy I would be very interested (I have an all region player so it doesn't matter if it comes from Europe)

Thanks
I don't think it's available in the states but maybe Cigar Joe could help you. I sent him a burned copy (R2). Maybe he could send also you a copy (a new copy or the one I posted to him, which ever he prefers). That would be easier than me sending you a copy all the way from here. If you insist on a legit copy, that makes it more complicated...

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« Reply #9 on: October 07, 2008, 09:43:13 AM »

A burned copy will be just fine -- in fact it would be just great! Although I would accept a MHz Networks copy I would rather not due to their nasty habit of displaying large blue ticker tape banners at the top of the screen at times, sorry for the late response, I misplaced the password (there are so many of them now)

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