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Bruno Guiblet (dialogue)
Philippe Lyon (scenario & dialogue)
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A Mortal Fighter. An Eternal Combat.
Parkour a tournament the winning team decided to go to China and open a sloe park our club but the Chinese mafia Anne not allowed. | Add synopsis »
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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
Emmanuel Le Ridant .... telecine dailies colorist
Jean-René Nébot .... digital color timer
Philippe Reinaudo .... digital intermediate technical director
Location Management
Philippe du Prel .... location manager
Music Department
James Bellamy .... music editor
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
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
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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0 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Messy and poorly directed Parkour flick, 27 May 2015
Author: Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom

BANGKOK NINJAS: SONS OF THE WIND is a messy, plot-goes-all-over-the-place type action film designed to show off the talents of a group of Parkour practitioners who spend the entire running time showing off their skills in jumping across, up, and down buildings without causing serious injury. And there are no ninjas in it.

For an obviously low budget production, this has a surprisingly intentional feel; it's a French film set partly in London and mostly in Bangkok. A group of Parkour enthusiasts head to Thailand to set up their own school for the young and underprivileged, but this soon gets forgotten in favour of helping a brother and sister to tackle Yakuza and Triad gangs.

The storyline is slim in the extreme and merely serves to link a series of Parkour scenes which are a little disappointing if I'm honest. The opening sequence is lively, but subsequent shots are badly directed, with the director over-editing them to remove genuine spectacle from the shots. In one scene, a guy jumps out of a high window, we see him sailing through the air, only for the camera to cut and shoot another angle as he lands. It makes the whole thing feel false, even if the stunt was done for real.

The acting is very limited, which you'd expect from a film of this type, although there's a small role for old-timer Burt Kwouk as a gangster chief. There are plenty of plot twists which are a little annoying rather than intriguing, along with a supposed large-scale climax which feels completely pointless and tame. However, there are a few fight scenes scattered throughout the running time which are pretty good; a shame there weren't more to distract us from the problems elsewhere.

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