Bartkowiak is a fictional town in the Polish region of Poland. After his older brother dies in a terrible car accident, a young aspiring mixed martial arts fighter rises to take control of the popular family club - only to find that his older brother's death was not an accident. With the club becoming a secret target for criminal syndicates, the local police become involved and an unlikely friendship blossoms between a local girl and a local boy. As the secrets of the club are uncovered, an unsuspecting tourist finds himself caught between two cultures as he tries to uncover the identity of the club's new visitor. "B Bartkowiak" (TV SERIE)
Directed by Joanna Janka, Bartkowiak follows the story of Pawel "Pawel" Kucia as he rises through the ranks from being a small-time criminal to a regional champion MMA champion. Along the way, the viewer will meet some colorful locals such as the manager at the local pub, Janka's onscreen sister, and the club owner, whom Pawel initially attacks. While most of the fighting takes place in the ring, Pawel also gets to know some of the other people living in Bartkowiak, and throughout the movie the city plays host to a number of fights between MMA fighters and local people. The fights are shown on a closed circuit in the pub, with some even taking place outside of the pub! Another standout character is Jaroslaw Brando, who was also born in Bartkowiak. He had a long career in show business before going into acting, but in this movie he shows an amazing martial arts talent as the roughneck manager of the club.
The movie borrows some of its concept from other Polish cinema including "Szerszcz" (The Killing Floor), but it is clearly influenced by the works of Stanislaw Kiehl. Kiehl is best known for his Polish horror films, but even then he managed to create some excellent Polish cinema classics including "The Castle", "The Night", and "Onania". In fact, Kiehl has made five feature films that have been selected for Polish Film Week, including "Szerszcz" and "Manija". However, "The Night" is probably his most well-known Polish film and one of the best martial arts films ever made. With the late Ben Kingsley also featuring, it makes for a great combination of classy martial arts and comedy.
Another cool aspect of "The Mystery of Poland" is the music selection. Although Ben Kingsley does score some good punches in this movie, the rest of the music is very good, especially the instrumental "Nisza". Overall, the movie is about as classy as you can get without being over the top. Of course, there are also plenty of fight scenes, and other elements that make the movie very intense. Most of all, though, Bartkowiak puts forth a great story, which makes the entire movie very entertaining to watch.
I should also mention that my favorite scene in the movie is the climactic final battle. The scene where Bartkowiak, hiding from his enemies, gets to meet his old friend Andrzej Bartkowiak. After some impressive martial arts training, Bartkowiak has an eye attack, while partially blindfolded. He manages to throw a number of knives through the air and manages to escape, only to be confronted by his old teacher, who dies of a heart attack just before his death.
Overall, "The Mystery of Poland" is a fun movie to watch. It contains very good acting, some good chase sequences, and includes a great martial arts movie. Plus, it is directed by Krzysztof Kiesling, one of the best Polish directors. Overall, this movie is well worth a watch. Although a little short in length, the excellent cinematography and acting definitely make up for that short length. Overall, this movie will make anyone who sees it look deeper into the world of Polish cinema.