Archive of films Yamakasi / Yamakasi

2001, 90 min

Section: Horizons
Year: 2001


An action film about seven exceptional young men who live in the wilds of the big city. They call themselves Yamakasi or ‘samurai of the modern day.’ They practise their exceptional skills in the suburbs – the art of movement through the transfer of mental and physical energy. They can jump across the rooftops of tall buildings like supermen. Each of them excels at something special: Rocket moves as fast as a rocket, Spider creeps along walls like a spider, Zicmu draws energy from music, Baseball is a great throw, Tango’s body is extremely supple. . . . They soon become models for other boys, but one day a friend who also wants to be a Yamakasi is hurt. A heart transplant is needed. They have twelve hours to save him. . . . Well-known director Luc Besson wrote the script for the film and was its producer. Direction was left in the capable hands of Ariel Zeiton, who has directed several commercially successfull films and produced many action films and comedies.

About the director

Ariel Zeitoun (b. 1945, Tunis) started in film in the seventies as a producer. His writing-directing debut, Memories, Souvenirs, souvenirs (1984), a romantic comedy starring Philippe Noiret, Annie Girardot and MarlŹne Jobert, was nominated for a César for best debut. Selected filmography: Saxo (1987), Le nombril de monde (1993), Les chiens ne font pas des chats (1995, TV), Une femme tres tres amoureuse (1997), Bimboland (1998).

About the film

Black & white, 35 mm

Section: Horizons
Director: Ariel Zeitoun
Screenplay: Luc Besson, Philipe Lyon, Julien Seri
Dir. of Photography: Philippe Piffeteau
Music: DJ Spank, Joey Starr
Editor: Yohann Costedoat, Yann Hervé
Producer: Luc Besson
Production: Leeloo Production
Cast: Charles Perriere, Laurent Piemontesi, Chau Belle, Williams Belle, Malik Diouf, Yann Hnautra, Guylain N´Guba-Boyeke, Maher Kamoun, Bruno Flender, Amel Djemel

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