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114 Ratings

A Dragon Arrives!

Ejhdeha Vared Mishavad!

Directed by Mani Haghighi
Iran, 2016
Horror, Adventure, Mystery


An orange Chevrolet Impala drives across a cemetery towards an abandoned shipwreck in the middle of a desert landscape. It is the 22nd of January, 1965. The day before, the Iranian prime minister was shot dead in front of the parliament building.

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A Dragon Arrives! Directed by Mani Haghighi
For a film with such concrete links to a history that has very real current day repercussions, A Dragon Arrives! is somehow never heavy handed, instead using this backdrop to consciously weave between genres, modes and historical periods with a determined eclecticism. The result is not only a startling tonal and emotional journey, but also a profound and fulfilling one… This is a rare film that has the ability to remain eerie and abstract without becoming vague or untethered.
July 12, 2017
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A Dragon Arrives! is actually all about confusing reality and spin, myth and paranoia, history and invention… Haghighi’s film is full of allusions to Iranian popular cinema of the ‘60s and ’70s, in gloriously outré colors, with a healthy dose of grimly surrealist humor that never gets old. It’s heady stuff, and pleasantly crazy.
April 29, 2016
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Not everything can get away with an exclamation point in the title, but the chipper punctuation of “A Dragon Arrives!” feels appropriately emphatic for a film that doesn’t announce itself timidly on any stylistic level. So eccentric, in fact, is the enticing fusion of genres, perspectives and even planes of reality in Iranian writer-director Mani Haghighi’s mocku-fantasy-folk-film-noir that a question mark — or an ellipsis, or perhaps even a hanging semicolon — would have been equally apt.
March 03, 2016
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