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Yamakasi (2001)

Yamakasi - Les samouraïs des temps modernes (original title)
7 guys from Paris' suburbs like challenges like climbing tall buildings and doing parkour - especially with cops/flics chasing them. When a kid fan urgently needs a heart the Yamakasis try to find a way.

Directors:

Ariel Zeitoun, Julien Seri (as Julien Sèri)

Writers:

Luc Besson (scenario), Philippe Lyon (scenario & dialogue) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Châu Belle Dinh Châu Belle Dinh ... Les Yamakasi - Baseball (Oliver Chen) (as Chau Belle)
Williams Belle Williams Belle ... Les Yamakasi - L'Araignée (Bruno Duris)
Malik Diouf ... Les Yamakasi - La Belette (Malik N'Diaye)
Yann Hnautra Yann Hnautra ... Les Yamakasi - Zicmu (Ousmane Dadjacan)
Guylain N'Guba-Boyeke Guylain N'Guba-Boyeke ... Les Yamakasi - Rocket (Abdou N'Goto)
Charles Perrière Charles Perrière ... Les Yamakasi - Sitting Bull (Ousmane Bana)
Laurent Piemontesi Laurent Piemontesi ... Les Yamakasi - Tango (Michel Lucas)
Maher Kamoun Maher Kamoun ... Vincent
Bruno Flender Bruno Flender ... Michelin
Amel Djemel ... Aila
Afida Tahri Afida Tahri ... Fatima
Abdelkrim Bahloul Abdelkrim Bahloul
Nassim Faid Nassim Faid ... Djamel (as Nassim Faïd)
Pascal Léger Pascal Léger ... Commissaire Orsini
Frédéric Pellegeay 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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Country:

France

Language:

French | Arabic

Release Date:

4 April 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France

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Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

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 the 48th minute of the film, when there is a dog chase in the richly decorated house, two members of the crew are visible with their heads jumping out on each side of the screen. See more »

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References The Magnificent Seven (1960) See more »

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Yamakasi a taint to parkour
15 October 2004 | by tseepraSee all my reviews

In the bright lighted side, we could see the yamakasis, these stuntmen of cities in the luc Besson movie. In the shadowed side, there is parkour, that is also called the art of movement, and that most of the public doesn't know about, and it is understandable: these spider-men's reputation grew, and other young people wanted to practice. David and Sébastien share their passion with anybody who wants to know. The news is spreading: from neighbour cities of noisy and sarcelles, young people move to evry to learn the parkour. The rumour works well, and the show 'notre dame de Paris' offers them to go on a tour, but David and sébastien refuse: a two years tour across France would cut them from their base, and above all they don't want to abandon the other young people who need their help. Then luc besson comes up with a script for yamakasi. They refuse that too. The scenario presents them as revolted boys from housing estates who trick the police and use their skills to steal. Seb explains: 'us, that we don't want, it's to prostitute our art' chilling incorruptible ones. For how long? Seven of the newcomers - including David's cousin give in the temptation and play in the movie. They separate from the group of evry, and rename themselves the yamakasis (strong man, strong spirit). Once famous, they claim to have invented the Parkour, betraying the true parkourists. David, Seb and the others (Stéphane Vigroux, Yoann Vigroux, Jérome ben Aoues, Rudy Duong, Kazuma and Michael Ramdami) rename themselves the 'traceurs'. Irritated by this story, they tell me that: 'to anyone who want to learn the art of parkour, it's welcome, but for the media events, we reserve us the right to choose: now we know who come to train when there's a TV near, and who's really got the passion'. We understand them.


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