Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Planche, Lache and Tic Tac

Karate, Judo, Taekwondo - so 20th century. The new thing is parkour.

Almost every review of the French action film District B13 mentions that word in the opening sentence and then forgets to tell us what the word means. I first thought it was a subliminal message by the studio to "parkour asses in the seats".

So what is "parkour"? It is
" art form of human movement, focusing on uninterrupted, efficient forward motion over, under, around and through obstacles (both man-made and natural) in one's environment"
(from the Wiki)

Doesn't that description remind you of a certain Asian actor's fight sequences? Of course it does.
"....similarities between parkour and the stunts and techniques of Hong Kong martial arts star Jackie Chan, whose fight and chase scenes take place in industrial or urban environments"
So the French have made two important contributions to martial arts: Savate (hello, Prof. Calculus!) and now Parkour.

"District B13" has earned high praise from nearly every critic. Then again, who would not enjoy watching actors making uninterrupted, efficient forward motion?

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