Laugh or Die (2018)

03/16/2018 (FI) DramaHistoryWar 1h 43m

Humor is a matter of death


Parikka, the actor once called the Funniest Man in Finland, and his troupe are about to be executed for the atrocities committed during the Civil War in Finland. Jaeger Lieutenant Nyborg, an admirer of Parikka, suspects a definite miscarriage of justice. He wants to save the actors. The forthcoming visit of the German General von der Goltz to the prison island provides him with a suitable opportunity. Nyborg suggests that the actors prepare a comical performance for the visitor and not be shot. Instead, they will be given a new trial. Preparing a comedy in the horrible circumstances, in the midst of hunger and death, seems quite an overwhelming task. Only a handful of real actors are still alive, the rest of the troupe consists of stagehands. Parikka has to use all his inventive skills to be able to produce something funny.

  1. Heikki Kujanpää

    Director, Writer

  2. Mikko Reitala


Top Billed Cast

  1. Martti Suosalo

    Martti Suosalo

    Toivo Parikka

  2. Jani Volanen

    Jani Volanen

    Hjalmar Kalm

  3. Leena Pöysti

    Leena Pöysti

    Helen Kalm

  4. Paavo Kinnunen

    Paavo Kinnunen

    Alfred Nyborg

  5. Vesa Vierikko

    Vesa Vierikko


  6. Jussi Nikkilä

    Jussi Nikkilä


  7. Tommi Eronen

    Tommi Eronen


  8. Panu Vauhkonen

    Panu Vauhkonen


  9. Paleface



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Laugh or Die
Laugh or Die

Original Title Suomen hauskin mies

Status Released

Original Language Finnish

Budget $1,900,000.00

Revenue -


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