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Yamakasi the Samurais of  Modern Times

Yamakasi the Samurais of Modern Times

A Feature film by Ariel Zeïtoun

Produced by EuropaCorp

Release in France : 04/04/2001


    There are 7 of them. They’re the Yamakasi. They’ve created a new street sport and try to overtake their high-rise suburb, or to be more precise, its walls, roofs, bridges. Light, agile, fast, they leap from one building to the next, sliding down the walls and braving every danger. Each has their own specialty: Baseball is a top pitcher, Araignée, with his ropes and hooks, gets around like a comic book hero, Belette is sure some eel, Zicmu draws his energy from music, Rocket is a fast as a missile... They train early every morning so as not to disturb the neighbors. But some people panic, mistake them for thieves. Cops then become involved, without ever managing to catch the Yamakasi. And all the young kids admire and want to imitate them. One day there’s an accident. Little Djamel takes a fall. It’s urgent, they need money for an operation now! Feeling responsible, the Yamakasi decide to come to his rescue and, for the first time, break the law and put their lives at risk. Vincent, their friend, a police inspector, tries to warn them to take care…

    Actors (38)

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    News agency (France) :

    213 Communication

    Co-productions :

    TF1 Films Production, Leeloo Productions

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    EuropaCorp Distribution

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    Executive Producers :

    Luc Besson, Virginie Silla

    Authors of original work :

    Charles Perrière, Luc Besson

    Director of Photography :

    Philippe Piffeteau

    Assistant Operators :

    Jean-Christophe Allain, Martial Schmeltz, Laurent Tangy

    Editor :

    Stéphanie Gaurier

    Continuity supervisor :

    Donatienne de Goros

    Music Composers :

    Joey Starr, DJ Spank

    Sound Mixer :

    Jean Umansky

    French press agent :

    Laura Gouadain

    Assistant directors :

    Philippe Letode, Stéphane Moreno-Carpio, Rodolphe Lanaro

    Screenwriters :

    Julien Séri, Philippe Lyon, Luc Besson

    Sound Recordist :

    Laurent Zeilig

    Production Manager :

    Didier Hoarau

    Sound editors :

    Ken Yasumoto, Laurent Zeilig

    Production Designers :

    Frédéric Lapierre, Frédéric Duru, Caroline Duru

    Costume designer :

    Olivier Bériot

    Location Manager :

    David Deshayes

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    Feature film

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    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    1 h 30 min

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