Film: White Tiger

White Tiger is a Russian film set in World War II. A white Tiger tank keeps on showing up, wreaking havoc on Soviet tanks and then disappearing. Elite tank driver Naydenov is given a tank, a crew, and the task of finding and destroying the White Tiger, which may or may not be a supernatural force.

Tropes appearing in this film:

  • Amnesiac Hero: Naydenov remembers nothing from before his recovery in hospital, except how to make a tank go.
  • Arch-Enemy: The White Tiger to Naydenov.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Naydenov. He says that tanks talk to him (and to everyone else, but only he can hear them) - active tanks tell him how to dodge shells, and wrecked tanks tell him how they met their ends.
  • No One Should Survive That: At the start of the film, Naydenov is taken to a field hospital with 90% burns, and is nearly triaged straight into the graveyard. He makes a full recovery, and is not even scarred.
  • Never Found the Body: At one point the White Tiger is declared destroyed after it retreated into a swamp, where it surely must have sunk.
  • Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane: It's strongly hinted but never confirmed that the White Tiger is a supernatural being.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Ivan Ivanych Naydenov. Naydenov means "found." He was found in a tank, and taken to hospital.
  • Romanticism Versus Enlightenment: two officers discuss whether Naydenov's special powers are supernatural, or an evolutionary response to extreme conditions. Events towards the end of the film favour the first explanation.
  • Shown Their Work: A T-34/85 going over uneven terrain accidentally hits the ground with the cannon, damaging the gun. Due to the length of the 85mm gun barrel, this was a real-life problem for tankers.
  • Tanks, but No Tanks: Averted with the T-34/85s, played straight with the white Tiger. Originally it was planned to build a replica Tiger for the film, but when the prop was not finished in time, a redressed IS-2 was used instead.
  • The Film of the Book: Based on the novel Tankist, ili belyy tigr by Ilya Boyashov.