February 14, 2006
By EDDIE COCKRELL
A Filmpartners production. Produced by Agi Pataki, Gabor Kovacs.
Directed by Peter Rudolf. Screenplay, Rudolf, Oliver Gabor Buss.
With: Peter Rudolf, Gabor Reviczky, Imre Csuja, Sandor Gaspar, Jozsef Szarvas, Otto Lajos Horvath.
Five years after the original "Glass Tiger" became one of the first franchise-friendly homegrown Hungarian comedy hits, the adventures of a half-dozen denizens of titular ramshackle roadside cafe continue apace with "Glass Tiger 2." With the first "Tiger's co-helmer Ivan Kapitany embarked on a new directorial career, vet thesp Peter Rudolf goes it alone as the director here, with results that are amusing but cryptic to all but locals. Home territory success won't travel and doesn't have to, with ferocious ancillary assured.
Looking like a Magyar Cheech Marin, Rudolf's Lali presides over a motley crew: larcenous Gaben (Gabor Reviczky), "Easy Rider" obsessed Csoki (Imre Csuja), shocking pink haired Roka (Sandor Gaspar), saxophonist-turned-trombonist Cingi (Jozsef Szarvas), and Simple Sanyi (Otto Lajos Horvath). Episodic plot, impenetrably Hungarian, involves comic hostage situation, visiting census taker and, of course, tourists. Pic's mid-January opening weekend shattered a decade-old box office record, and award shutout at recently concluded Hungarian Film Week proves the Magyar industry is now diverse enough to snub its own popular attractions come awards time. Of course, "Glass Tiger 3" is in the planning stages.
Camera (color), Janos Vecsernyes; editor Wanda Kiss; music, Tamas Szarka; production designer, Lorant Javor; costume designer, Peter Klimo. Reviewed at Hungarian Film Week (competing), Budapest, Feb. 3, 2006. Running time: 110 MIN.
Date in print: Mon., Feb. 20, 2006, Weekly