Ambush (1999 film)


Theatrical release poster
Directed by Olli Saarela
Produced by Ilkka Matila
Jouni Mutanen
Marko Röhr
Written by Novel:
Antti Tuuri
Olli Saarela
Antti Tuuri
Starring Peter Franzén
Irina Björklund
Kari Heiskanen
Taisto Reimaluoto
Kari Väänänen,
Tommi Eronen
Music by Tuomas Kantelinen
Cinematography Kjell Lagerroos
Edited by Juha Antti-Poika,
Jukka Nykänen,
Olli Soinio
Distributed by MRP Matila Röhr Productions Oy
Release dates
  • 22 January 1999 (1999-01-22)
Running time
123 minutes
Country Finland
Language Finnish
Budget US$ 13 million

Ambush (Finnish: Rukajärven tie) is a 1999 Finnish war film directed by Olli Saarela. Literally "Road of Rukajärvi", the film debuted on 22 January 1999 in Finland, after which it was released internationally. The film is based on a book written by Antti Tuuri and its leads are played by Peter Franzén as Lt. Eero Perkola and Irina Björklund as Kaarina Vainikainen, Lt. Perkola's love.

Rukajärvi (Rugozero) is a municipality (as well as a lake) in Karelia, Russia, and it was occupied by the Finnish Army during the Continuation War of 1941-44.



The film won seven Jussi Awards in 2000 including Best Film, Best Direction, Best Photography, Best Edit, Best Staging, Best Sound Design and Best Score. The film was also entered into the 21st Moscow International Film Festival.[1]

See also


  1. "21st Moscow International Film Festival (1999)". MIFF. Archived from the original on 2013-03-22. Retrieved 2013-03-23.

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