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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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
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Tsu
Santi Sudaros ...
Kitano
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Wong
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Terry (as Ian Kay)
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Johnny
Gary Stoner ...
Ned
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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.

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

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A Mortal Fighter. An Eternal Combat.


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Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence | See all certifications »
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$903,038 (France), 25 June 2004
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Someone please get these guys a good movie!
31 August 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is the second feature for the French stunt acrobat group Yamakasi. They are all very talented but director Julien Seri can't capitalize on this talent to save his life. Granted, this is a bit better than the eyeball killer YAMAKASI (2001) but not by much. The group finds themselves in Thailand and they end up feuding with a local Yakuza (!) gang. Each member is given more to do this time whether it be falling in love or re-connecting with one's long dead mystical father. There are quite a few action scenes but nothing really stands out. Director Seri has an unbelievable ability to shoot stuff in a way that it has so little impact. The only high point is a shot where three guys drop about 5 stories down a series of silos that is shot in one take. Given that Thailand produced their own badass actioner in ONG BAK the year before, it is sad to see these talented guys relying on lots of wirework. I pray that someone will utilize their parkour skills in something in the future that is a bit more engaging like BANLIEUE 13.


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