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Bruno Guiblet (dialogue)
Philippe Lyon (scenario & dialogue)
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23 June 2004 (France) See more »
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  (in credits order)
Williams Belle ... Williams
Châu Belle Dinh ... Kien (as Chau Belle)
Malik Diouf ... Kenjee
Yann Hnautra ... Yann
Guylain N'Guba-Boyeke ... Yaguy (as Guylain)
Charles Perrière ... Logan
Laurent Piemontesi ... Léo

Elodie Yung ... Tsu
Santi Sudaros ... Kitano

Burt Kwouk ... Wong
Ian Kay ... Terry (as Ian Kay)

Charles Jarman ... Johnny
Gary Stoner ... Ned
Jason Hunjan ... Un sportif anglais

Tony Christian ... Un sportif anglais
Dave Fisher ... Un sportif anglais
Michael Byrch ... Un sportif anglais
Heather Phillips ... Un sportif anglais
Gerald Zarcilla ... Un sportif anglais

Andy Wareham ... Un sportif anglais
Joss Gower ... Un sportif anglais

Gary Arthurs ... Un sportif anglais
Timothy Van ... Bras droit Wong
Hiro Sano ... Lieutenant yakusa (as Hirokazu Sano)
Kumsang Srichana ... Professeur boxe thaï
Su Ting Liu ... Jeune moine
Hung-Shoong Sae-Auy ... Vieux moine
Koji Oseto ... Misawa
Saeksun Anantrakarnkit ... Fils de Wong
Paiboon Anansuwan ... Grand-père de Williams
Kowit Wattanakul ... Pêcheur
Waraporn Sinisin ... Mae

Directed by
Julien Seri 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Bruno Guiblet  dialogue
Philippe Lyon  scenario & dialogue
Charles Perrière 
Julien Seri 

Produced by
Julie Baines .... co-producer
Don Balfour .... line producer
Mate Cantero .... co-producer
Alexandra Ferguson .... line producer: UK
Yves Marmion .... producer
Jason Newmark .... associate producer
Stéphane Sorlat .... co-producer
Olivier Thaon .... executive producer
Original Music by
Christian Henson 
Cinematography by
Michel Taburiaux 
Film Editing by
Maryline Monthieux 
Casting by
Natalie Luquiens 
Production Design by
Saksiri Chantarangsri 
Nigel Pollock 
Art Direction by
Fred Remuzat 
Costume Design by
Jooyun Gonnet 
Sandrine Langen 
Makeup Department
Pascale Bouquière .... hair stylist
Pascale Bouquière .... makeup artist
Production Management
Don Balfour .... unit production manager
Abraham Goldblat .... post-production manager
Marie-Noëlle Hauville .... production manager
Stéphane Riou .... unit manager
Olivier Thaon .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Luc Etienne .... first assistant director
Michel Rodas .... second unit director
Daren Thomas .... second assistant director: UK
Christophe Vallée .... first assistant director
Art Department
Nigel Pollock .... art director: London
Nigel Pollock .... production designer: UK
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... adr recordist
Fabrice Conesa .... foley recordist
Franck Desmoulins .... sound editor
Michel Filippi .... adr supervisor
Joe Henson .... sound designer
Jean-Paul Hurier .... sound re-recording mixer
Nikolas Javelle .... sound editor
Grégory Lacroix .... sound assistant
Vincent Montrobert .... dialogue editor
Jérôme Wiciak .... sound re-recording mixer
Jérôme Wiciak .... supervising sound editor
Special Effects by
Kevin Chisnall .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Thierry Ardiller .... digital compositor
Phil Attfield .... visual effects supervisor
Luc Augereau .... visual effects producer
Richard Baker .... digital compositor
Robin Beard .... digital effects artist
Kevin Berger .... digital compositor
Kevin Berger .... set supervisor
Yann Blondel .... visual effects supervisor
Alexandre Bon .... digital compositor
Simon Carr .... digital artist
Giuliano Cavalli .... wire/rig removal
Neil Cunningham .... visual effects supervisor
Berengere Dominguez .... visual effects coordinator
Simon Frame .... visual effects supervisor
David François .... digital compositor
Eric Fréchou .... digital compositor
Mathilde Germi .... digital compositor
Thibaut Granier .... digital compositor
Tom Hocking .... digital compositor
Isaac Layish .... digital compositor
Basile Maffone .... digital compositor
Alasdair McNeill .... production assistant: Men From Mars
Frederic Moreau .... visual effects
Stephane Naze .... CG supervisor
Gruff Owen .... digital compositor
Howard Protheroe .... digital artist
Julien Rousseau .... digital compositor
Julien Rousseau .... opening titles
John Rowe .... digital artist
Jean-Francois Theault .... digital compositor
François Vagnon .... visual effects supervisor
Gert Van Dermeersch .... digital compositor
Olivier Veau .... digital compositor
Veronique Zylberfain .... matte painting artist
Pete Oldroyd .... digital compositor: men-from-mars (uncredited)
Marc Cass .... stunt coordinator: UK
Tony Christian .... stunt performer
Marcus Fox .... stunts
Pascal Garnier .... stunts
Joss Gower .... stunt performer
David Ismalone .... stunts
Seng Kawee .... stunt choreographer (as Kawee Sirikhaneerut)
Andy Wareham .... stunt performer
Xin Xin Xiong .... stunt choreographer
Joss Gower .... assistant stunt coordinator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ian Barwick .... electrician
Lewis Buchan .... first assistant camera: "c" camera, London
Julian Bucknall .... first assistant camera: "b" camera, London
Bob Cooke .... second assistant camera: "c" camera, London
Jason Coop .... second assistant camera: "a" camera, London
Martin Cox .... electrician
Simon De Glanville .... camera trainee: London
James Foster .... second assistant camera: "b" camera, London
Vince Goddard .... gaffer
Nicolas Massart .... cinematographer: re-shoots
Mikael Monod .... gaffer
Ferencz Radnai .... rigging gaffer
Rodolphe Soucaret .... first assistant camera
Dean Thompson .... first assistant camera: "a" camera, London
David Toft .... video operator: London
Editorial Department
Virginie Bruant .... assistant editor
Karen Cerutti .... editor trainee
Nicolas Criqui .... digital conformation
Jean-René Nébot .... digital color timer
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Music Department
James Bellamy .... music editor
Trevor Best .... music supervisor
Adam Evans .... musician: electric guitar
Isobel Griffiths .... orchestra contractor
Joe Henson .... music programmer
Joe Henson .... musician: bass guitar
Benjamin Wallfisch .... conductor
Benjamin Wallfisch .... orchestrator
Bruce White .... viola
Nick Wollage .... score recordist
Alison Wright .... music supervisor
Transportation Department
Chidchanok Plodripu .... transportation manager
Other crew
Estelle Bault .... script supervisor
Cristina Bolós .... production accountant
Laetitia Dom .... production assistant
Laetitia Dom .... production coordinator
Philippe du Prel .... location manager
Penny Eyles .... script supervisor
Hollie Foster .... production assistant: London
Piyaporn Indageha .... production assistant
Daniel Longuein .... pre-production accountant
Sylvie Ong .... administrator
Walailak Phanchatree .... production coordinator
Phattana Sansumran .... set production assistant
Harmel Sbraire .... coach: actors
Jonathan Taylor .... assistant: Julie Baines
Apiradee 'Joy' Thongprachan .... assistant to location manager
Natthawan Uapahurat .... assistant accountant
William Prouty .... thanks

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Also Known As:
"Les fils du vent" - France (original title)
"Sons of the Wind" - International (English title)
"Yamakasi vs. Ong Bak" - Philippines (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence
France:90 min
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5 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Awesome Parkour displays in a so-so movie, 15 January 2007
Author: HaemovoreRex from United Kingdom

Team Yamakazi get to display their amazing Free Running skills again in this their second feature film. Once again like the previous movie, the acrobatic abilities of these seemingly fearless individuals is guaranteed to leave ones mouth agape at the sheer spectacle on display here – this truly is an awesome art form and one which proves to be a perfect bedfellow for the action movie genre.

Added to the crazy physical shenanigans we are also treated to some highly stylish visuals throughout especially courtesy of the stunning scenery in Thailand and a number of instances of highly imaginative and impressive visual effects such as in one scene wherein our main protagonists are seen traversing continents in one fluid take. Great stuff!

Unfortunately however, despite the above glowing accolades, beneath all the surface gloss, it has to be said that when all is said and done the film in question has very little actual substance within.

One of the main problems here lay in the fact that there are simply too many sub stories running throughout. Each of our main characters has their own separate 'adventures' in addition to the encompassing plot. Personal voyages of self discovery, the blossoming of love, loneliness, personal ambition and home sickness all feature here which in a much longer film might have sat more easily. However at a mere 90 or so minutes the actual effect is one of disjointedness and one that in addition actually serves to detract from the main plot. Certainly there were those who criticised the first film for the same principle, but it was not nearly as pronounced there as it is here.

On the other hand, perhaps it is redundant to judge the film on such principles. After all, as an action movie this delivers some absolutely incredible set pieces; Indeed for pure kinetic enjoyment only the works of the likes of Jackie Chan or Tony Jaa etc are going to provide the same sort of adrenaline fix.

In the final analysis then I feel that it is best to judge this film on it's merits as opposed to its flaws and with this in mind I would certainly recommend it highly to fans of crazy stunts, martial arts and general urban mayhem.

Overall: An entirely respectable 7 out of 10 (Just don't go trying the stunts at home!)

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