Top 5 Kemal Sunal movies
If you’re looking to name the most popular Turkish comedian, Kemal Sunal would probably top your list with his portrayal of the naive Anatolian in his movies. Generations grew up liking watching Kemal Sunal movies as his character in movies often reflected the problems the Turkish people face and the country.
In nearly all of his movies, Kemal Sunal played an underdog, trying to make something of himself.
If you’re looking to watch one of his films and can’t seem to pick one then check out our list of the five best Kemal Sunal films.
Hababam Sinifi (The Outrageous Class)
Perhaps the most famous of all his movies was when he played in the “Hababam Sinifi”. Although his name in the movie is “Saban” most of his class mates just call him inek (cow) Şaban. Saban was constantly bullied and humiliated by his friends, but this never kept him from thinking the unthinkable, like digging a tunnel to escape school grounds (which later, turned out to lead to the vice-principal’s office) or smoking in the school attic. The character was so pure and so fixed in the memories of the Turkish people, it was never replaced by another actor in the recent re-shootings of Hababam Sinifi, most probably as a sign of respect to Sunal.
Production : 1974 – Türkiye
Directed by Ertem Eğilmez
Cast: Kemal Sunal , Adile Naşit , Münir Özkul , Tarik Akan , Halit Akçatepe
Kapicilar Krali (King of the Doormen)
In this movie Seyid (Kemal Sunal) is the doorman of an apartment in Istanbul. Although he seems naive, Seyid is in fact cunning and creative. Despite the bullying and the abusing nature of his boss, Seyid manages to hit the jackpot.
Production : 1976 – Türkiye
Directed by Zeki Ökten
Cast: Kemal Sunal , Şevket Altuğ , Bilge Zobu , Güler Ökten , Hikmet Gül
A satire on Turkish political landscape, based on Aziz Nesin’s novel, Zubuk is the story of the politician named Ibrahim Zubukzade. He gets expelled from the political party that he is a member of, due to corruption. The journalist Yasar wants to make a news story about his case and investigates Zubuk’s doings. Yasar gets baffled at the sly tricks Zubuk played on his village people. In the end, he feels sorry about his Zubuk’s present situation, however,eventually he realises Zubuk has been tricking him as well.
Production : 1980 – Türkiye
Directed by Kartal Tibet
Cast: Kemal Sunal , Ali Şen , Bülent Kayabaş , Nevra Serezli , Nubar Terziyan
Çöpçüler Krali (The King of the Street Cleaners)
Going through his daily routine in a stereotypical neighborhood, Apti (Kemal Sunal) is a street cleaner who ends up falling in love with a charwoman. Unfortunately for him, so does his superior officer.
Production : 1977 – Türkiye
Directed by Zeki Ökten
Cast: Kemal Sunal , Şener Şen , Ayşen Gruda, Ilyas Salman
Based on a true story set in 1948, customs officer Mehti is faced with the duty of formally setting up the border between Turkey and Syria, dividing his hometown. He is unaware of the pain that will eminently unfold, as families, languages, cultures and lovers are both ripped apart and clash head on in a village once united.
Production : 1999 – Türkiye
Directed by Sinan Çetin
Cast: Metin Akpinar , Kemal Sunal , Meltem Cumbul , Rafet El Roman , Ali Sunal
Other Kemal Sunal movies
Boynu Bükük Küheylan
Deli deli küpeli
En Büyük Şaban
Hababam Sınıfı Sınıfta Kaldı
Hababam Sınıfı Uyanıyor
İbo ile Güllüşah
İyi Aile Çocuğu
Katma Değer Şaban
Köyden İndim Şehire
Köşeyi Dönen Adam
Şaban Pabucu Yarım
Orta Direk Şaban
Yedi Bela Hüsnü
Yüz Numaralı Adam