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Gangster's Paradise: Jerusalema Details


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. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:June 11, 2010


Rapulana Seiphemo
as Lucky Kunene
Ronnie Nyakale
as Zakes Mbolelo
Jeffrey Sekele
as Nazareth
Malusi Skenjana
as Tony Ngu
Robert Hobbs
as Swart
Jafta Mamabolo
as Young Kunene
Motlatsi Mahloko
as Young Zakes
Kenneth Nkosi
as Sithole


Ralph Ziman
Ralph Ziman
Tendeka Matatu
Ralph Ziman
David Helfand
Megan Gill
Guto Bussab
Paul Satterfield
Associate Producer
Ronnie Apteker
Executive Producer
Gary Phillips
Executive Producer
Mark Vennis
Executive Producer
Natalie Lundon
Costume Designer