District B-13

I love a good French film, and because I enjoy comics, I don’t mind reading for my entertainment! I came across this gem a while ago now, and the sequel is just about to be released for us English speaking pop culture lovers. District B-13 was unleashed in 2004 and starred parkour expert David Belle and martial arts expert Cyril Raffaelli in a future Paris that has ignored its troubled suburbs by sealing them off from the outside world. There’s a bomb and a kidnapped sister and such, but the highlight is the running, jumping, kicking, dodging,etc. Parkour is the acrobatic art of using the modern suburban environment as your own playground and the film demonstrates its beautifully.

Written and produced by Luc Besson (The Transporter trilogy amongst many other hip actioners) it’s a great film. The sequel, starring Belle and Raffaelli has already been released in Europe and the rest of us can expect it next month. The trailer is below. Yes, it’s in French, but the video below it, featuring one of the highlights of the original film has subtitles for your viewing pleasure. If you like Jackie Chan or the Thai film Ong-Bak and prefer your action and chase scenes to be without a safety net, or CGI, then you must watch these films. Just make sure you put on the subtitles. Watching a foreign film with dubbing is like reading a gossip mag at an art gallery.

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