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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.

Director:

Julien Seri

Writers:

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


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for martial arts violence | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

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Country:

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Language:

French | Japanese | English

Release Date:

23 June 2004 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Bangkok, Thailand See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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C'est Magnifique
24 June 2004 | by british_bpmSee all my reviews

Seri has triumphed here in a sweat ridden roller-coaster ride of a film. How refreshing to see a unadulterated action flick doesn't rely on the geekery of CGI, to make it's set pieces come to life, but instead depends wholly on the breath taking athletic talents and bravery of it's entire cast.

I would explain the plot, but it would immediately expose a series of seemingly contrived plot devices in order to get the Yamikasi (the young troupe of French acrobatic building jumpers) to Bangkok, and into, well a whole heap load of trouble. But this film should not be analyzed in such a manner. Whilst puncturing your cornea with highly graded, much stylized Manga - esque images, Mr Seri has evidently immersed himself in Asian contemporary comic book and film culture, and the essence of marshal arts. Brief moments of spiritual enlightenment, racial tension and a love for one of the most exotically beautiful women to grace our screens in a long while (look out for Elodie Yung) puncture blistering scenes of fights a top bamboo scaffolded buildings, grim darkened steel warehouses, and a breath taking final denouement of ridiculous scale. Without a computer generated figure in sight. This is one for DVD replay buttons as mind boggling stunts are brushed aside with yet more bone crushing jumps, spins and kicks.

I already read criticism for this film, but this is the mistaken critique of those watching it in the wrong context. This film should be held up alongside the likes of Akira, and the films of Jakie Chan. And this is where Mr Seri's success truly lies, for he is introducing an entire generation of young Europeans to this much stylized idiom. Suspension of reality for the younger generation, heroics and bravery of young people performing in this high octane circus. If you didn't like it, I suspect you were not the person this film was designed for.

Bravo Monsieur Seri, Bravo!


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