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Yamakasi (2001)

Yamakasi - Les samouraïs des temps modernes (original title)
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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.


Ariel Zeitoun, Julien Seri (as Julien Sèri)


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





Cast overview, first billed only:
Châu Belle Dinh ... Les Yamakasi - Baseball (Oliver Chen) (as Chau 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 ... Les Yamakasi - Rocket (Abdou N'Goto)
Charles Perrière ... Les Yamakasi - Sitting Bull (Ousmane Bana)
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


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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Action | Drama | Crime


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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 »


During the pursuit on the roofs after two Yamakasi steal the painting in the lady's apartment, their masks are repeatedly on and off between shots. See more »


References The Matrix (1999) See more »


Performed by Loïs Andréa
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Action is good, but terrible plot flaw spoils it!
9 August 2004 | by icelandknightSee all my reviews

The action was fun to see, the stunts were interesting, especially after reading that they were supposed to be real... but it's a movie not really made for thinking people, since there are terrible flaws in the plot that renders the whole process ridiculous and casts a shadow on the hero's self righteous deeds.

Why is everyone (audience included) expected to blame the doctor for the price of the new heart! The movie attempts to show it as his fault! Or the fault of his social class! That's rediculous. He is simply stating the market price of the donor heart. It's probably being sold on the black market anyway, since I believe there are laws against such organ trading. It's then up to those RESPONSIBLE (and involved) to come up with the cash, if they want the transaction to go through. He does not make up this price, he is simply stating how much the people have to pay. - Think about it. What would happen if every doctor was made (forced / coerced) to pay the bill for patients requiring treatment? The price he quotes is the price that must be payed by those RESPONSIBLE for the boy's condition. Among those responsible were the terrible building climbing role models the boy was imitating in the first place. Which is why they got involved, right?

Also, all this intimidation and threats made to others is very much against the, apparently very superficial, chivalrous code that these climbers are supposed to embrace. They are made to appear hypocrites and their eventual deeds lower them below the status of the lower class, to the status of thieves, extortionists, and criminals. Which, I believe the film was not intended to do. What great role models they became to save the boy! Do they still want him to grow up to be just like them? Apparently.

Still there were some good suspense parts, like when they were stuck in the house and had to escape from the roof. One was left wondering how they were going to pull that off. Hopefully they didn't give too many burglars ideas. We don't need any more of that, thanks.

Similar movies include: Robin Hood and the Pink Panther, although these are both much more heroic thieves than the Yamakasi. Perhaps Kamakasi would have been a better name, given the film's great number of negative reviews.

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French | Arabic

Release Date:

4 April 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, France


Box Office


$15,000,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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