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Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Gérard Krawczyk|
|Produced by||Luc Besson|
|Written by||Luc Besson|
|Music by||Olivier"Akos"Castelli, Al Khemya, One Shot|
|Distributed by||Lions Gate Films|
|Box office||$64.4 million|
Taxi 2 (also called Taxi Taxi) is a French comedy film directed by Gérard Krawczyk and released in March 2000. Starring Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal and Marion Cotillard. It is a sequel to Taxi, written by Luc Besson and directed by Gérard Pirès in 1998. It was followed by Taxi 3 in January 2003.
A Japanese minister of defence is traveling to Paris to sign a weapons contract between Japan and France, but first, he is visiting Marseille to view and rate the city police's anti gang tactics (using fake attacks on him).
During the visit, however, he is kidnapped by a group working for the Japanese yakuza. Emilien (Frédéric Diefenthal) is determined to rescue the minister and detective Petra (Emma Sjöberg), his girlfriend who was also kidnapped, and restore the honour of his department. Once again, speed demon taxi driver Daniel (Samy Naceri) is called upon to save the day with his high speed driving skills.
- Samy Naceri ... Daniel Morales
- Frédéric Diefenthal ... Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec
- Marion Cotillard ... Lilly Bertineau
- Manuela Gourary ... Camille Coutant-Kerbalec
- Emma Sjöberg ... Petra
- Bernard Farcy ... Commissaire Gérard Gibert
- Jean-Christophe Bouvet ... Général Edmond Bertineau
- Frédérique Tirmont ... Mme Bertineau
- Tsuyu Shimizu ... Yuli
- Édouard Montoute ... Alain Trésor
- Ko Suzuki ... Katano
- Yoshi Oida ... Yuki Tsumoto
In June 2002, Luc Besson was investigated by authorities after a cameraman died during filming. A Peugeot 406 was supposed to land in a pile of cardboard after a stunt, but missed and hit several crew. A cameraman died later of internal injuries, and another cameraman broke both legs. Authorities allege safety was compromised in an effort to cut costs.
But the Paris Court of Appeal reversed the ruling in June 2009, and EuropaCorp was convicted of involuntary manslaughter, and ordered to pay €100,000. Julienne's jail sentence was reduced to six months, and his fine was reduced from €13,000 to €2,000, but he was required to pay the Dutartre family €50,000 in court costs. Also with the Peugeot, the Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution VI is also featured as a star's car driven by the Yakuzas.