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Bruno Guiblet (dialogue)
Philippe Lyon (scenario & dialogue)
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23 June 2004 (France) See more »
A Mortal Fighter. An Eternal Combat.
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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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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Love the stars, hate the director, 3 February 2006
Author: Simon Booth from UK

5 years after YAMAKASI failed to introduce Les Groupe Yamakasi's brand of Parkour to the wider world, the members are reunited by director Julien Seri for a semi-sequel, this time taking the action to Bangkok for a change of scenery. The group are all a bit more mature, and so is the film - not so much a kids movie anymore. Time does not appear to have diminished their "Free Running" skills - in fact I *think* they've gotten quite a bit better. I have to qualify that observation because it's really hard to tell - the director belongs to that school of thought which says that action scenes are more exciting if you can't tell what on earth is going on :( That was the main problem with the first YAMAKASI film, and I really hoped some lessons would have been learnt and this time they'd leave the camera in one place a bit longer and actually let us see the Parkour the group are performing... that _is_ why you'd hire them all to be in a film, after all.

Sadly, Julien Seri seems to have missed the point entirely, and shoots all the action in the most infuriating way possible. He proudly tells us in the extra features that he used 4 cameras to shoot the action, and he really enjoys "just getting the camera on my shoulder and running about" when he's on set, but "the most creative part is in the editing room". What this means is that as soon as the cast start moving at more than 3mph, the camera starts zooming and shaking and we rarely get a shot that lasts more than 1/3rd of the second before it cuts to another angle. What we do get to see of the action looks amazing... the film mixes up Parkour with Muay Thai and other martial arts styles in a way that could have produced an absolute classic. In the right hands this could have been the beginning of a whole new action film style, as exciting an action film as ONG BAK. Sadly, Seri clearly does not have the right hands :( I suppose some comments about the story are appropriate... it's rather daft. The Yamakasi go to Bangkok to help set up a gym for poor kids, and accidentally get involved in a turf war between the Triads and the Yakuza (who all speak French. In Thailand). A pair of French-Chinese siblings are the catalyst for much of this - a brother who wants to get into the Yakuza because the Triads rejected their mixed blood, and his sister who thinks all this crime is maybe a bad thing.

The film suffers from chronic "orientalism" - the insidious form of racism which certainly doesn't think Asian people are inferior to westerners, no way Jose - in fact it thinks they're great... with their ancient traditions, quasi-mystical religions and mad martial arts skillz - they probably just need a group of westerners to spend a few days with them and sort out their generations old blood feuds (and teach their ladies how to love). The Bangkok setting is beautiful, but it seems to be populated entirely by gangsters, monks, Muay Thai rings and alleyway markets.

LES FILS DU VENT could have been great - the design of the action scenes is brilliant, and Les Groupe Yamakasi really deserve a vehicle that showcases their skills rather than trying to hide them. Again they've been let down by a director who's so in love with himself he's perhaps afraid that if he let us see them in action for more than half a second we'd start thinking it was *their* film, not his. If that was his worry, he definitely shot himself in the foot (actually head), because all he accomplished with his camera work and editing was to make me hate him.

The film still manages to be enjoyable, but you have to look past what you're actually seeing to what was really being done to appreciate it. I'm torn between loving the ideas and the actors and hating what was done with them on screen. That leaves me somewhere around... 6/10.

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