Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema

Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema

Director: Ralph Ziman Cast: Rapulana Seiphemo, Ronnie Nyakale, Shelly Meskin



An uneducated gas station attendant with a taste for the finer things in life turns to crime as a means of making ends meet, only to find himself on a dangerous collision course with the biggest drug dealer in town. All Lucky Kunene wanted out of life was a house by the water, a beautiful wife, and a 7-series BMW. Unfortunately, Lucky hails from a poor Soweto family, and his application for a university grant has just been refused. Dejected at the thought of spending the rest of his life pumping gas, Lucky teams up with his best friend, Zakes, to start stealing cars. At first the endeavor proves remarkably lucrative -- providing Lucky with enough cash to purchase a refrigerator, a nice suit, a classy wardrobe, and a hi-fi stereo system -- but before long the two thieves realize that their profile is becoming dangerously high, and that in order to avoid arrest they will have to relocate. Five years after moving to Hillbrow, Lucky and Zakes are the operators of a deadbeat taxi service. Their criminal lifestyle has gotten them nowhere, and rival taxi gang members are literally gunning for them night and day. Lucky shares a cramped apartment with 20 other people, mostly junkies, prostitutes, and immigrants with nowhere else to go. Though their existence seems bleak, the group manages to pool their resources and form the Hillbrow People's Housing Trust. But just as Lucky enters into the world of real estate, local detective Blackie Swart makes it his mission to capture the so-called "Hoodlum of Hillbrow" and Nigerian drug kingpin Tony Ngu lays claim to the city. With two of the city's most notorious criminals both preparing for the ultimate showdown, Detective Swart will have to work overtime in order to prevent the streets from becoming a virtual war zone.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/28/2010
UPC: 0013132168395
Original Release: 2008
Rating: R
Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:59:00

Special Features

Audio Commentary with Writer/Director Ralph Ziman, Composer Alan Lazar and Actor Jafta Mamabolo; Deleted Scenes ; Theatrical Trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Rapulana Seiphemo Lucky Kunene
Ronnie Nyakale Zakes Mbolelo
Shelly Meskin Leah Friedland
Jeffrey Sekele Nazareth
Malusi Skenjana Tony Ngu
Robert Hobbs Swart
Jafta Mamabolo Young Kunene
Motlatsi Mahloko Young Zakes
Kenneth Nkosi Sithole

Technical Credits
Ralph Ziman Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Ronnie Apteker Executive Producer
Flo Ballack Art Director
Guto Bussab Co-producer
Megan Gill Editor
David Helfand Editor
Nicolas Hofmeyer Cinematographer
Alan Ari Lazar Score Composer
Natalie Lundon Costumes/Costume Designer
Tendeka Matatu Producer
Mtutu Matshoba Associate Producer
Gary Phillips Executive Producer
Paul Satterfield Associate Producer
Mark Vennis Executive Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema
2. Opening Sequence [6:39]
3. Nazareth [8:32]
4. Great Things Have Small Beginnings [8:01]
5. Criminal Genius [9:12]
6. Last Time [8:05]
7. Big City Life [6:56]
8. Working Together [7:57]
9. Negotiations [6:54]
10. Nice Houses, Smart Cars & Fancy Clothes [5:53]
11. Lucky 1 [5:04]
12. Symbiotic Relations [4:24]
13. Turning A Blind Eye [7:03]
14. Clean-Up [6:48]
15. Zakes [6:42]
16. Hoodlum Of Hillbrow [10:00]
17. End Credits [4:21]

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