GenreCrime, Mystery First episode dateMarch 10, 2002 CountryRussia
WriterBoris Akunin (novel), Boris Akunin (screenplay) Film seriesThe Adventures of Erast Fandorin CastIlya Noskov (Erast Petrovich Fandorin), Sergei Bezrukov (Ivan Frantsevich Brilling), Marina Neyolova (Lady Esther), Sergey Chonishvili (Ippolit Aleksandrovich Zurov), Larisa Borushko (Amaliya Kazimirovna Bezhetskaya), Marina Aleksandrova (Lizanka von Evert-Kolokoltseva) Similar moviesAzazel and The State Counsellor are part of the same movie series
Azazel (2002) (Russian: Азазель) is a Russian made for TV adaptation of Boris Akunin's introductory 'Erast Fandorin' novel The Winter Queen.
This historical detective story features a young police inspector, Erast Fandorin. Fandorin’s adventures take place in the Russian Empire of the late 19th century, and he regularly finds himself at the center of key historical events, including development of Masonic and Revolutionary movements.
The hero is a young man, newly enlisted in the police force of the 1870s. This is a world with no forensic science, a rigid social structure and rigid proprieties, and police investigation techniques which respect the intuition of the intelligent amateur or newcomer. Fandorin is inexperienced, naive, downwardly mobile (the family fortune having evaporated), but cultured, intelligent, diligent, and desperately enthusiastic. He doesn't so much want to impress as want to succeed ... by a process of blind self-confidence and a youthful self-delusion that he is acting logically and scientifically. Fandorin is invited to investigate the suicide of a rich student. The young man has shot himself in public, but something seems strange about the suicide. Fandorin quickly exposes the murderous intrigue which has led to the death ... and opens up a can of worms which will have him crossing Europe in search of a mastermind ... or maybe even the godfathers behind a terrorist plot.
Ilya Noskov – Erast Petrovich Fandorin
Sergey Bezrukov – Ivan Franzevich Brilling
Marina Aleksandrova – Elizaveta von Evert-Kolokoltseva
Oleg Basilashvili – General Mizinov
Sergei Chonishvili – Ippolit Alexandrovich Zurov
Marina Neyolova – Lady Esther
Yuri Avsharov – Georg
Felix Antipov – Xavery Feofilaktovich Grushin
Larisa Borushko – Amalia Kazimirovna Bezhetskaya
Dmitry Burkhankin – Kokorin
Valentin Golubenko – Klaus
Yevgeni Grishkovetz – Achimas Velde
English language version
Dutch film director Paul Verhoeven was set to film an English-language theatrical film remake of Azazel, titled "The Winter Queen", with Dan Stevens set to star as Fandorin and the leading female role to be played by Milla Jovovich. This movie was cancelled.