The Wild East

The Wild East (Russian: Дикий восток, Dikiy vostok, Dikij vostok) is a Russian-language film created in Kazakhstan shortly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union released in 1993. It was written and directed by Rashid Nugmanov and was inspired by The Magnificent Seven, an American remake of Akira Kurosawa's film Seven Samurai.

Dikiy vostok
Directed byRashid Nugmanov
Produced by
  • Murat Nugmanov
  • Rashid Nugmanov
Written byRashid Nugmanov
  • Aleksandr Aksyonov
  • Farkhad Amankulov
  • Konstantin Fyodorov
  • Zhanna Isina
  • Viacheslav Knizel
  • Konstantin Shamshurin
  • Gennadi Shatunov
  • Pavel Shpakovsky
  • Aleksandr Sporykhin
Music byAleksandr Aksyonov
CinematographyMurat Nugmanov
Edited byKhadisha Urmurzina
Release date
  • 1993 (1993) (Kazakhstan)
Running time
98 min


In this version of the famous plot a group of midget circus runaways decide to form their own community to flee the chaos out come under attack from motorcycling ruffians. In response, of course, midgets hire seven tough people to defend them. One of them is a woman driving a car, another a stunt man, another a Mongolian eagle hunter, and a beatnik. The bandits have an easy victory and allow the hired fighters to leave with their weapons. However, they come back, teach the midgets to fight and entrap the bandits. In a final fight, the chief of the fighters confronts the main bandit at their lair and wins. The bandits return the stolen car to the fighter. The midgets exchange the car for a tractor following the final wish of the driver.

The film was shown in many international film festivals as both a fun movie and an oddity. It was billed as "The Last Soviet Film."



A notable quote is when the midget patriarch says "remember there is no sex in our country." The phrase is a hint to the catch phrase "There is no sex in the USSR" from a famous episode from the perestroika-era TV show US-Soviet Space Bridge.


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