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Famed Kazakh Film Director Remakes Soviet Blockbuster

Director Rashid Nugmanov (left) and the late Russian rock singer Viktor Tsoi
MOSCOW -- Prominent Kazakh film director Rashid Nugmanov has started work on a remake of one of his movies that was a huge hit during the Soviet era, RFE/RL's Russian Service reports.

Nugmanov, 55, filmed the movie "Igla" (The Needle) at the KazakhFilm studios in Almaty in 1988.

It was hugely popular, largely thanks to the man playing the lead role, rock star Viktor Tsoi, and won several international awards.

Tsoi was killed in a traffic accident in 1989.

Some unused scenes with Tsoi will be used in Nugmanov's new movie, and many actors and actresses from the first film will also appear in the new version.

Nugmanov currently lives in France, where he heads the International Freedom Network, a think tank that fosters democracy in the former Soviet Union.

He is a critic of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbaev.