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Yamakasi (2001)

Yamakasi - Les samouraïs des temps modernes (original title)
Gravity or Police, these guys don't believe in any law. Idolised by the youth of Paris as much as they're hated by the police, they are the Yamakasis, modern samurais. With acrobatic ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Châu Belle Dinh ...
Les Yamakasi - Baseball (Oliver Chen) (as Chau Belle)
Williams Belle ...
Les Yamakasi - L'Araignée (Bruno Duris)
Malik Diouf ...
Les Yamakasi - La Belette (Malik N'Diaye)
Yann Hnautra ...
Les Yamakasi - Zicmu (Ousmane Dadjacan)
Guylain N'Guba-Boyeke ...
Les Yamakasi - Rocket (Abdou N'Goto)
Charles Perrière ...
Les Yamakasi - Sitting Bull (Ousmane Bana)
Laurent Piemontesi ...
Les Yamakasi - Tango (Michel Lucas)
Maher Kamoun ...
Vincent
Bruno Flender ...
Michelin
Amel Djemel ...
Aila
Afida Tahri ...
Fatima
Abdelkrim Bahloul
Nassim Faid ...
Djamel (as Nassim Faïd)
Pascal Léger ...
Commissaire Orsini
Frédéric Pellegeay ...
Fretin
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Gravity or Police, these guys don't believe in any law. Idolised by the youth of Paris as much as they're hated by the police, they are the Yamakasis, modern samurais. With acrobatic skillfulness and adrenaline pumping belief in their own immortality, they throw themselves out from incredible heights, and jump from roof to roof. Locked doors and "No Trespassing"-signs become irresistible challenges. But one day, whilst mimicking one of the Yamakasi's more dangerous stunts, a young fan gets injured. Only one operation can save the boy, an operation that his family can't afford. Written by Torben Skov <bobcat3003@msn.com>

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Often mistaken for Japanese, the word yamakasi is actually taken from the Lingala language, which is spoken in the two Congos. Ya makási can mean "strong body, strong spirit, strong person", though in French usage its meaning is closer to "high energy". See more »

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(at around 1h 20 mins) You can see the boom mic as the doctor pulls away and aims the gun at everybody. See more »

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References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »

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A boy needs a vital organ to live and can't afford it. A group of sportsmen decides to do whatever it takes to steal enough money for him.
15 August 2006 | by (France) – See all my reviews

The movie had a good plot : what can we do to save a life without being an outlaw? In the movie, basically it's said that either you are rich and live or you are poor and you have to steal to survive. 2h of pursuit between the group of self-called "yamakasi" (the good ones who act illegally sometimes) and the police (the bad ones who act legally most of the time). The dichotomy is unfortunately not more subtle. The battle between the robbers and the police. Nothing new. I found that the major problem of that movie, or rather the main reason why I feel I've just wasted 2hours of my time, is that it raises more questions (not difficult ones...) than it gives answers - not in a philosophical attempt to make people think. When a hero saves a child, I like the hero to be likable, and the characters in the movie are complete jerks (the yamakasi and the police alike). The thing is although I have nothing against a movie which expose how our whole system is badly made and how stupid the police is, I find irritating when a group behaves violently and think they're cool (the movie is made so that the youth in France think well of the yamakasi characters although they act violently). More importantly maybe, they had the chance to offer a new look on Paris ghettos (the movie takes place in Paris, I'm from Paris myself and the characters are from the well-known little ghettos here) and it was just a lot of "clichés", so there again nothing new.

The movie could have been much more than what it simply is : an okay action movie. Don't expect anything else. Oh, as far as the movie as an art, there are a few enjoyable and well-filmed scenes, especially since the main actors are very good sportsmen and practice "parkour".


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