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Bruno Guiblet (dialogue)
Philippe Lyon (scenario & dialogue)
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Release Date:
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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15 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
C'est Magnifique, 24 June 2004
Author: british_bpm from United Kingdom

Seri has triumphed here in a sweat ridden roller-coaster ride of a film. How refreshing to see a unadulterated action flick doesn't rely on the geekery of CGI, to make it's set pieces come to life, but instead depends wholly on the breath taking athletic talents and bravery of it's entire cast.

I would explain the plot, but it would immediately expose a series of seemingly contrived plot devices in order to get the Yamikasi (the young troupe of French acrobatic building jumpers) to Bangkok, and into, well a whole heap load of trouble. But this film should not be analyzed in such a manner. Whilst puncturing your cornea with highly graded, much stylized Manga - esque images, Mr Seri has evidently immersed himself in Asian contemporary comic book and film culture, and the essence of marshal arts. Brief moments of spiritual enlightenment, racial tension and a love for one of the most exotically beautiful women to grace our screens in a long while (look out for Elodie Yung) puncture blistering scenes of fights a top bamboo scaffolded buildings, grim darkened steel warehouses, and a breath taking final denouement of ridiculous scale. Without a computer generated figure in sight. This is one for DVD replay buttons as mind boggling stunts are brushed aside with yet more bone crushing jumps, spins and kicks.

I already read criticism for this film, but this is the mistaken critique of those watching it in the wrong context. This film should be held up alongside the likes of Akira, and the films of Jakie Chan. And this is where Mr Seri's success truly lies, for he is introducing an entire generation of young Europeans to this much stylized idiom. Suspension of reality for the younger generation, heroics and bravery of young people performing in this high octane circus. If you didn't like it, I suspect you were not the person this film was designed for.

Bravo Monsieur Seri, Bravo!

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