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Yamakasi ()

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.

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Cast

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Les Yamakasi - Baseball (Oliver Chen) (as Chau Belle)
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Les Yamakasi - L'Araignée (Bruno Duris)
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Les Yamakasi - La Belette (Malik N'Diaye)
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Les Yamakasi - Zicmu (Ousmane Dadjacan)
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Les Yamakasi - Rocket (Abdou N'Goto)
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Les Yamakasi - Sitting Bull (Ousmane Bana)
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Les Yamakasi - Tango (Michel Lucas)
Maher Kamoun ...
Vincent
Bruno Flender ...
Michelin
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Aila
Afida Tahri ...
Fatima
Nassim Faid ...
Djamel (as Nassim Faïd)
Pascal Léger ...
Commissaire Orsini
Frédéric Pellegeay ...
Fretin
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Chief doctor Le Tronc (as Gérald Morales)
Jacques Hansen ...
Minister counselor
Chloé Flipo ...
Claire
Perkins ...
Nicolas
Jean-Pierre Germain ...
Nicolas' co-worker
David Tissot ...
Gaultier
Isabelle Moulin ...
Bourgeoise
Stéphane Boucher ...
Parano
Christian Dosogne
Benoît Fouégué-Dongho
Nabil Debouze
Sophian Bouhenni
Julien Guedes
Rebecca Hampton ...
Counselor's secretary
Liliane Cebrian ...
(as Liliane Cébrian)
Tomasz Bialkowski
Lucien Theresin
Bertrand Farge
Alain Brochery
Pascal D'Amato
Pierre Medalin
Laurence Merchet
Laurentine Milebo
Lydia Ewandé
Sophie Gourdin
Joseph Anticevic
Christophe Hatey
François Orsoni
Pascal Aubert
François Huin
Jean-Paul Audrain
François Breniaux
Laurence Guillet
Yannick Le Perff
Franck Petit
Denis Braccini
Franck Guérin
Jean-François Regazzi
Nicolas Scellier
Michel Lamprecht
Dominique Magloire
Micheline Dieye
Valantine Loubli
Raymonde Fichoux
Gwenaël Clause
Catherine Robert
Anthony Aouzerat
Raphaël Massart
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Directed by

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Ariel Zeitoun
Julien Seri ... (battle scenes) (as Julien Sèri)

Written by

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Luc Besson ... (scenario) &
Philippe Lyon ... (scenario & dialogue) &
Julien Seri ... (scenario & dialogue)
 
Charles Perrière ... (original idea) &
Luc Besson ... (original idea)

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Virginie Besson-Silla ... producer (as Virginie Silla)

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JoeyStarr ... (as Joey Starr)
DJ Spank

Cinematography by

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Philippe Piffeteau

Film Editing by

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Yohann Costedoat
Stéphanie Gaurier
Yann Hervé
Claude-France Husson
Charlotte Rembauville

Editorial Department

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Christine Lucas Navarro ... assistant editor
Nicolas Trembasiewicz ... editorial collaborator

Casting By

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Gabrielle Bonacini
Natalie Luquiens

Production Design by

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Caroline Duru
Frédéric Duru
Fred Lapierre
Frédérique Lapierre

Art Direction by

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Fred Lapierre

Costume Design by

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Olivier Bériot

Makeup Department

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Annabelle Behotas ... makeup artist
Marie-Lou Dorion ... hair stylist
Vincent Loiseau ... makeup artist
Sandra Sage ... hair stylist
Valerie Thery-Hamel ... key makeup artist

Production Management

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Gregory Barrau ... assistant unit manager
Eric Bassoff ... post-production manager
Mélik Bénard ... assistant unit manager
David Deshayes ... unit manager
Cédric Fréni ... assistant unit manager
Didier Hoarau ... production manager
Erwan Inizan ... assistant unit manager
Matias Kechichian ... assistant unit manager
Sandra Moreno ... assistant unit manager
Ludovic Petit ... assistant unit manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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André Cavaillé ... second assistant director
Eric Demeure ... assistant director
Andrea Fontana ... assistant director
Anne Gilles ... second assistant director
Rodolphe Lanaro ... assistant director
Carol Lecacheur ... assistant director
Philippe Letode ... assistant director
Stephane Moreno-Carpio ... assistant director
Hans Titze ... third assistant director
Grégory Troy ... assistant director

Art Department

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Gaël Langlais ... swing gang
Frédéric Pesquer ... tapestry
Fred Remuzat ... storyboard artist
Bruno Via ... assistant art director

Sound Department

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Sophie Chiabaut ... assistant sound
Anne Delacour ... assistant sound
Philippe Fabbri ... assistant sound
Olivier Grandjean ... assistant sound
Xavier Griette ... assistant sound
François-Joseph Hors ... re-recording mixer
Anne Le Campion ... assistant sound
Didier Lozahic ... sound mixer
Jérôme Lévy ... assistant sound
Olivier Marlangeon ... assistant sound
Fred Mays ... post-synchronization
Adrien Nataf ... assistant sound
Bridget O'Driscoll ... assistant sound
Samuel Potin ... assistant sound (as Samuel Pottin)
Florent Ravalec ... assistant sound
André Rigaut ... assistant sound
Paulin Sagna ... assistant sound
Julien Sicart ... assistant sound
Jean Umansky ... sound mixer
Ken Yasumoto ... sound editor
Laurent Zeilig ... sound

Special Effects by

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Denis Duplex ... special effects
Didier Ledanturier ... special effects
Jérome Miel ... special effects

Visual Effects by

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Stephanie Boutinaud ... digital effects artist
Antoine Douadi ... flame artist
Gaston Marcotti ... digital artist
Frederic Moreau ... visual effects

Stunts

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Francis Auguy ... stunt driver
Laurent Avare ... stunts
Francis Bataille ... stunt driver
Rémi Canaple ... assistant stunt coordinator / stunt rigger / stunts
Patrick Cauderlier ... stunt coordinator
Gilles Conseil ... stunts
Yan Dron ... stunts
Alexandrine Felquin ... stunts
Alain Figlarz ... stunts
Max Garnier ... stunts
Pascaline Girardot ... stunts
David Grolleau ... stunts
Enrico Horn ... stunts
David Julienne ... stunt driver
Michel Julienne ... stunt driver
Mael Lamberton ... stunts
Grégory Loffredo ... stunts (as Gregory Loffredo)
Stéphane Margot ... stunts
Pascal Mercuri ... stunts
Jean-Loup Michou ... stunts
Florent Mismetti ... stunts
Christophe Moindreau ... stunt driver
Alain Pedouan ... stunts
Teddy Pividal ... stunts
Christian Renaud ... stunts
Loïc Saintilan ... stunts

Camera and Electrical Department

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Boris Abaza ... additional first assistant camera
Jean-Christophe Allain ... assistant camera
Damien Auriol ... grip
Stéphane Birzin ... grip
David Campbell ... crane operator: Technocrane
Eric Catelan ... b cam operator / steadicam operator
Mathieu Caudroy ... steadicam operator
Jean-Marc Duez ... key grip
Christophe Dural ... chief electrician
David Frak-Lauer ... assistant camera
Jan Gagnaire ... grip
Pierre Garnier ... grip
Laurent Martin ... grip
Martial Schmeltz ... second assistant camera
Benjamin Speyer ... crane technician
Laurent Tangy ... assistant camera
Benoît Theunissen ... remote head technician
Eric Thurot ... chief electrician (as Éric Thurot)
Chantra Wongsrikaew ... first assistant camera

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Sylvie D'Orso ... costumer
Juliette Le Carpentier ... costumer
Sophie Mollier ... costumer
Karen Muller Serreau ... costumer (as Karen Serreau)
Laurence Nicolas ... costumer
Emmanuelle Pertus ... costumer
Marie-Pierre Reboul ... costumer
Karine Vintache ... costumer

Location Management

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Rodolphe Lanaro ... location scout

Script and Continuity Department

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Donatienne de Gorostarzu ... script supervisor (as Donatienne de Goros)
Nathalie Loubens ... script supervisor

Additional Crew

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Christian Bonnichon ... head technician
Stéphane Bourdon ... armourer
Nathalie Carles ... production assistant
Vincent Dragusseau ... making-of
Romuald Drault ... production accountant supervisor
Laura Gouadain ... press agent
Emilie Maison ... press attache france
Michel Romestaing ... head technician: playing car unit
Harmel Sbraire ... coach
Marc Seguy ... head technician
Julien Seri ... initial contributor
Katia Sourzac ... production assistant
Vincent Stevenel ... administrator
Delphine Tejado ... production assistant
Véronique Zimmer ... production coordinator
Vincent Dragusseau ... making-of director (uncredited)

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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

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Also Known As
  • Yamakasi (France)
  • Yamakasi (United States)
  • Yamakasi (United Kingdom)
  • Yamakasi - Die Samurai der Moderne (Germany)
  • Yamakasi (Spain)
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  • 90 min
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Budget $15,000,000 (estimated)

Did You Know?

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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 »
Goofs 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 »
Movie Connections Featured in Episode #29.6 (2003). See more »
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