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Banlieu 13: Ultimatum trailer

The great Great White Snark introduced me to this French martial arts/parkour flick Banlieue 13: Ultimatum, and since I wasn’t expecting much, I kind of got blown away. There’s a hell of a lot of awesome stunts in things, and now I’m looking forward to it as much as Chocolate, the “special” martial arts flick from last week. The plot of Banlieue is as follows:

District 13, two years later. The government has changed, not the
rest … The wall of isolation – ever higher, ever greater and Beyond –
has spread around towns ghettos and gangs that have proliferated
further increased their influence. The traffic is now divided among
five ethnic neighborhoods, each headed by a fearsome gang leader. More
than ever determined to “settle the problem,” the secret services
voluntarily fire to the powder. Damien, a cop expert in martial arts,
and Leito, able to sneak in every corner of the suburbs, make new team.
Their goal: to save the city from chaos. Their program: Muscle and
fighting for race-defying the laws of gravity.

Whatever the hell that means. To me, it just means kicking and jumping into very small things, which I’m totally down with.

But I’m a little conflicted here, and I’d like your help. Now, I generally consider martial arts movies to be nerdy, and thus worthy of inclusion on Topless Robot. But I must admit I feel a little weird posting about a French flick, even if it does involve a lot of awesome kicks to the head. What do you guys want? All the chop socky I can find? Should I cover it only if it has authentic Asian people? Or maybe just if it’s mind-blowingly awesome and/or bizarre? Let me know, and it shall be done.