Parkour Craziness Returns in District B13 Sequel
Following the news of Ong Bak 2 today, we have another studied martial arts film in the works District B14 (aka Banlieue 14), which is a sequel to the 2004 French film District B13. The original film is noteworthy for its depiction of parkour, which is essentially a style of physical activity in which individuals run, jump and scale mainly urban obstacles without the use of wires or CGI. Jackie Chan is probably one of the more well known practitioners of the form; though the style was pioneered by David Belle, who appears as one of the leads in District B13. Judging from the original, B14 promises to be overloaded with insane stunts and action, all with some kickass French aggression.
Many may not have seen District B13, but you probably saw one of that film's leads in Live Free or Die Hard. Cyril Raffaelli played the mostly mute French badass that chased Bruce Willis throughout much of the film, and also choreographed fight sequences for The Incredible Hulk. While it's not known whether Raffaelli or Belle will return for the sequel, I think it's safe to say that they should, considering the pair's skills. If they don't, I'd be hard-pressed to maintain my interest in the project.
The original movie is named for the crime-ridden slum in which two guys (Belle & Raffaelli) do battle against a gang leader to rescue one's sister and disarm a nuclear warhead. The film is gritty and utterly gratuitous when it comes to stunts and action sequences, but that's certainly not a slight. These guys, I must say, put some of Jackie Chan's work to shame. There's no word on wheher B14 will pick up where the previous film left off. Not that it matters very much. The movie would still hold appeal even if the plot surrounded a trip to the grocery store. Luc Besson, of Run Lola Run and Fifth Element fame, returns as the writer. Patrick Alessandrin, of French films you've probably never head of, is set to direct. Production begins this July and will shoot through October.
Reader Feedback - 9 Comments
Loved Dis. B13! I hope it gets even near the coolness of the original! This is one those movies you didn't know it was out there, and when stumbled upon it you where in for a treat! Although it did get some attention @ apple's trailer page.
Rickmeister on Jun 17, 2008
yeah this film was SICK! I love it all. Hopefully they get a descent story line, cause you know that the stunts will be bad ass!! Theres another french film out if anyone knows the title, something about some kids from a local martial art school that train in parkour and steal some medalion and get chased by ninjas. Ive seen it the plot sucked but the Stunts were really Kick ass.
THERBLIG on Jun 17, 2008
Nonono! Luc Besson, French = Leon (The Professional), La Femme Nikita, Deep Blue, etc. Tom Tykwer, German = Run Lola Run
Mikey on Jun 17, 2008
I will be waiting for it ....
shero on Jun 17, 2008
other parkour movies: yamakasi and fils du vent hope b14 will be as good as b13 or better
zondron` on Jun 17, 2008
B13 was good B14 has some big shoes to fill.
Xerxex on Jun 17, 2008
Hell yeah... not sure I said Hell yeah on Ong Bak 2 ... but was thinking it.. so two Hell Yeah's for me today... I immediately had to go watch some Parkour videos on the Tube again after reading this. Should be fun.
Dusty on Jun 17, 2008
I loved B13, but my coworker who borrowed my DVD of it hated it but never explained why. Maybe he thought he needed to see B's 1 through 12 first so he wouldn't be lost. I work with idiots, btw.
kevjohn on Jun 18, 2008
Yeah, uh, Luc Besson had nothing at all to do with Run Lola Run, Kevin.
Gordon on Jun 18, 2008
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