A mute dancer teaches movement to adoring kids and wins the dance contest every Saturday night at a cavernous Brooklyn disco, makes the final cut for a Broadway show but is dismissed when ... See full summary »
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.
Châu Belle Dinh,
In this 2003 remake of the classic 1952 French film, Fanfan la Tulipe is a swashbuckling lover who is tricked into joining the army of King Louis XV by Adeline La Franchise, who tells Fanfan that by doing so, he will eventually marry one of the king's daughters.
On improvising a burglary at a shady tycoon's home, Fred takes refuge in the hip and surreal universe of the Paris Metro and encounters its assorted denizens, the tycoon's henchmen and his disenchanted young wife.
A French cop gets 2 months leave for getting results too violently. His Japanese girlfriend, who vanished 19 years ago, has died and he flies Paris to Tokyo for her funeral and will full of surprises. The Yakuza meets his brutal ways.
A terminally ill French secret service agent is hired by Hydra, a mysterious black ops organization set up by the government, to fight crime by any means necessary and receive experimental treatment in return. Also, his daughter hates him.
Albert is old, lonely, drunken and unemployed, but an expert in computers. He embarks on a mission to get rid of the people he hates most - television and invents a way to kill them, on air, from the comfort of his own living are baffled, but Inspector Romain dedicates himself to the chase...Written by
I was quite surprised to see a Luc Besson production, in fact one of his better ones, uncommented upon in IMDb. KAMIKAZE is an insightful, darkly humorous black comedy that remains immensely entertaining 25 years later.
It's a true showcase for the oddball talents of Michel Galabru, that French character actor who has contributed to dozens of quality films (and hundreds of ephemeral ones) ranging from Costa-Gavras thrillers to LA CAGE AUX FOLLES and even Besson's SUBWAY. I can't recall ever seeing him in the lead role, but he takes it and runs with it in KAMIKAZE.
Galabru is a mad scientist, fired at the beginning of the movie while perfecting, on company time, his Rube Goldberg contraption for removing bottle caps. Now stuck at home, unemployed, with his young niece and her husband, he goes nuts and starts using his sci-fi technology to murder TV presenters -zapping them at their desks in the studio with a secret beam right through his home TV set.
My favorite film in this rarely-attempted genre is the classic CLOSED CIRCUIT by Giuliano Montaldo which I had the privilege of seeing on the big screen at the London Film Festival 32 years ago. Going further back, I once screened the poverty row MURDER BY TELEVISION at our fledgling CWRU Science Fiction Marathon in Cleveland back in the '70s, but KAMIKAZE is far more ingenious.
With blow-dry-coiffed, shiny-teethed TV hosts dropping like flies, Richard Bohringer is assigned the case, immediately coming up against tons of political infighting among his superiors including stern Dominique Lavanant, but steadfastly using his street smarts to track Galabru down. His daughter Romane is cast as his daughter, but for her fans (count me in) she hadn't developed her famous 44DD's yet at age 13 when this was shot. You have to suffer through Leo DiCaprio's histrionics in TOTAL ECLIPSE or that AIDS epic SAVAGE NIGHTS to experience Romane in all her adult glory.
The special effects are minor but well done, and the crazy premise is worked to a fare-thee-well, in developing both its comic and serious potential. A very cruel ending, worthy of Costa-Gavras, is a fitting climax. Galabru is really terrific and quite refreshingly unselfconscious (he doesn't care if the audience hates him) in a role one would have expected to go to a big star like Michel Serrault.
With so much crap being resuscitated (on purpose -the crummier the better seems to be the watchword of slumming video companies) I wish the Blue Undergrounds, Salvations, Mondo Macabros, Code Reds, No Shames and Cult Epicses would get a lapse of good taste and start reissuing excellent works like this one.
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