4.7/10
1,965
15 user 10 critic

The Great Challenge (2004)

Les fils du vent (original title)
Six parkour adepts open a gym in Bangkok. When the new gym starts to attract the area's kids, a local gang feels challenged. Their Eurasian leader Kien attacks the foreigners while they are training on a scaffold.

Director:

Julien Seri

Writers:

Bruno Guiblet (dialogue), Philippe Lyon (scenario & dialogue) | 2 more credits »
Reviews
2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

Yamakasi (2001)
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

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
Stars: Châu Belle Dinh, Williams Belle, Malik Diouf
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Damien and Leito return to District 13 on a mission to bring peace to the troubled sector that is controlled by five different gang bosses, before the city's secret services take drastic measures to solve the problem.

Director: Patrick Alessandrin
Stars: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Philippe Torreton
District B13 (2004)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Set in the ghettos of Paris in 2010, an undercover cop and ex-thug try to infiltrate a gang in order to defuse a neutron bomb.

Director: Pierre Morel
Stars: Cyril Raffaelli, David Belle, Tony D'Amario
Fragile(s) (2007)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Six characters cross paths in Paris and Lisbon.

Director: Martin Valente
Stars: François Berléand, Caroline Cellier, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
Taxi 3 (2003)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy
Taxi 2 (2000)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Police inspector Emilien and his taxi-driver pal Daniel are back, this time on the tail of a group of Japanese yakuza.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Emma Wiklund
Taxi 4 (2007)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Daniel, the driver of a very special taxi in Marseille, gets a famous soccer player to the stadium in time and later helps his clumsy police friend Émilien catch the dangerous Belgian after he escaped on Émilien's guard.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy
Boh lei chun (1999)
Action | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A romantic girl travels to Hong Kong in search of certain love but instead meets a kind-hearted professional fighter for whom she begins to fall instead.

Director: Vincent Kok
Stars: Jackie Chan, Qi Shu, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

At a Hong Kong shopping center, Buck Yuen's (Jackie Chan's) intuition warns him. He saves a robbery's loot and gets on television, ends up in Istanbul via South Korea, and accidentally becomes a spy. Fortunately, he knows Kung Fu.

Director: Teddy Chan
Stars: Jackie Chan, Min Kim, Eric Tsang
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Mistaken for a dangerous Islamist, Saadi - a regular guy who happens to be an illegal Arab immigrant - sets out on the most dangerous day of his life. A satirical and thrilling comedy where... See full summary »

Director: Laurent Nègre
Stars: Tarek Bakhari, Elodie Yung, Gilles Tschudi
Taxi I (1998)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director: Gérard Pirès
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

An undercover Detroit cop navigates a dangerous neighborhood that's surrounded by a containment wall with the help of an ex-con in order to bring down a crime lord and his plot to devastate the entire city.

Director: Camille Delamarre
Stars: Paul Walker, David Belle, RZA
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Williams Belle Williams Belle ... Williams
Châu Belle Dinh Châu Belle Dinh ... Kien (as Chau Belle)
Malik Diouf ... Kenjee
Yann Hnautra Yann Hnautra ... Yann
Guylain N'Guba-Boyeke Guylain N'Guba-Boyeke ... Yaguy (as Guylain)
Charles Perrière Charles Perrière ... Logan
Laurent Piemontesi Laurent Piemontesi ... Léo
Elodie Yung ... Tsu
Santi Sudaros Santi Sudaros ... Kitano
Burt Kwouk ... Wong
Ian Kay ... Terry (as Ian Kay)
Charles Jarman ... Johnny
Gary Stoner Gary Stoner ... Ned
Jason Hunjan ... Un sportif anglais
Tony Christian ... Un sportif anglais
Edit

Storyline

Six parkour adepts open a gym in Bangkok. When the new gym starts to attract the area's kids, a local gang feels challenged. Their Eurasian leader Kien attacks the foreigners while they are training on a scaffold.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

parkour | yakuza | triads | tattoo | sword | See All (11) »

Taglines:

A Mortal Fighter. An Eternal Combat.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official Site [France]

Country:

UK | France | Spain

Language:

French | Japanese | English

Release Date:

23 June 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Challenge See more »

Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

Edit

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$903,038 (France), 25 June 2004
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

References Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (1991) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
It's rather bad.
21 December 2005 | by sideriteSee all my reviews

Now, I may have had my expectations too high because the file read Les Fils du Vent, Yamakasi 2. I liked Yamakasi, even if I don't usually watch sport movies. As sports go, Free Running is pretty cool and the story and acrobatics of Yamakasi were very nice.

This movie lacks the story, the technical prowess and it's set in Bangkok, where just about everyone knows how to jump from buildings (in the movie, of course). To make the French athletes fight in the end and mix Free Running with martial arts seemed to me a very bad idea.

I could have liked this movie, though, if it weren't for the end. It's a mindless brawl where no one has any purpose in what they do. To make things worse, after this scene that seemed to be the end comes another, which practically voids the one before.

So if you are a movie lover or a Free Runner enthusiast, you will not be particularly pleased with this movie. And it has no other qualities.


8 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 15 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed