Free running in popular culture

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This article covers appearences of free running, parkour and tricking in popular culture. It was initally copied from Wikipedia so some stuff needs updating.


[edit] Appearences in popular culture

[edit] Films

  • After including parkour moves in a chase sequence in the film Taxi 2 (2000), in 2001 French filmmaker Luc Besson made a feature film, Yamakasi—Les samouraï des temps modernes (Yamakasi—the modern-day Samurai), featuring members of the original Yamakasi group. The film tells the (fictional) tale of a group of young friends who use their parkour skills to evade capture, while stealing money to fund the health care of a child that was injured copying their parkour training. In 2004, Besson wrote Banlieue 13, another feature film involving parkour, starring David Belle and Cyril Raffaelli; English-dubbed and -subtitled versions were released in 2006 as District B-13 in North America, and the UK. Later, members of Yamakasi group filmed for France 2 channel a documentary called Génération Yamakasi - Vol au dessus des cités.
  • The biggest interest surge to date was created by the documentary Jump London, which explained some of the background to parkour and culminated with Sébastien Foucan and two other French traceurs (Johann Vigroux and Jérôme Ben Aoues) demonstrating their parkour skills at many famous London locations: HMS Belfast, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, Somerset House and the Tate Gallery and Saatchi galleries amongst them. It is perhaps worth noting that David Belle received no mention in Jump London, despite often being accredited as the most important founder of parkour. Jump London was followed up by the sequel Jump Britain, once again featuring Foucan and Ben Aoues.
  • An action sequence in the James Bond film, Casino Royale, is a construction site roof-top chase that implements many aspects of parkour. Sébastien Foucan, the founder of the similar art free running, plays a small-time terrorist after whom James Bond is chasing. The scene was filmed in The Bahamas (standing in for Madagascar).[1][2][3]
  • A lengthy chase sequence in the film Crimson Rivers II: Angels of the Apocalypse features parkour.[4]
  • There is a Parkour and Tricking Sequence performed by Joe Eigo in the 2007 film American Pie Presents: Beta House.
  • Parkour is featured prominently in the 2007 film Breaking and Entering, in which two of the characters employ parkour techniques to burgle an office in the Kings Cross, an area of London.[5][6]
  • In Ong Bak, Ting (Tony Jaa) and Hum Lae is escaping a gang pursuing them, in which Ting jumps through various obstacles, which somewhat resembles as parkour.
  • Martial Art movie star, Jackie Chan who has a unique style of mixing martial arts choreography with real large scale stunts in many of his Hong Kong and Hollywood movies, including the Police Story trilogy, Dragons Forever, Who am I?, My Lucky Stars, Rush Hour,etc. Many of the movements and stunts resemble parkour, using environment to run, vault, jump, flip and tumble off. This can also been seen in other Hong Kong action films and stunt teams of the 80s, such as Jackie Chan stunt team, Sammo Hung stunt team and various notable martial art stuntmen such as Yuen Wah and Yuen Biao, performed stunts in modern action movies throughout the 80s and 90s which resemble parkour but is essentially acrobatic stunts performed in a variety of large and small scale, real life and on set locales, incorporating martial art elements and modified (e.g. slowed down) for the silver screen.
  • The werewolves in the movie Blood and Chocolate used (in their human form) what appeared to be parkour as a demonstration of their superhuman agility.
  • In the movie Live Free or Die Hard, Rand (played by Cyril Raffaelli), a sharpshooting hit man, uses parkour to both escape and pummel detective John McClane.[7]
  • In the 2008 film, You Don't Mess with the Zohan, Adam Sandler's character, the Zohan, executes tic tacs, muscle ups, kong vaults, and many more parkour techniques while chasing his nemesis, the Phantom.
  • The 2008 action film Babylon A.D, features traceurs Thomas Couetdic of Parkour Generations and David Belle utilising their movement skills to attempt to capture the hero, played by Vin Diesel.
  • In the 2009 comedy "Paul Blart: Mall Cop", two of the thugs use parkour as a method of getting around the mall.

[edit] Television

  • In an episode of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition, one of the boys in the family's' whose house was being rebuilt was very interested and active in Parkour. Paul DiMeo built a room for him equipped to help him to practice parkour, complete with ramps and steps. They also showed many clips of people performing parkour, and had a whole segment on parkour and what it is.
  • The British public was widely exposed to parkour during 2002 via the BBC television trailer Rush Hour, which depicted David Belle leaping across London's rooftops from his office to home, in an attempt to catch his favourite BBC programme.[8][9] The piece generated a great deal of discussion, particularly after it was revealed that no special effects or wires were used (although it was partly filmed in Newcastle upon Tyne, not completely in London), all Belle's moves were genuine and unassisted. It was later re-used for the BBC Children in Need appeal, with the face of Terry Wogan superimposed onto the body of Belle.
  • The CSI: NY episode "Tri-Borough" involves a murdered traceur.[10]
  • A series of Nike commercials[11] depicted traceurs clearing rooftop gaps and stairwells as part of an ad campaign for their Presto line of slip-on running shoes. Also the run to 300 podcast explain a bit of parkour.[12]
  • A Toyota Scion commercial[13] had free runners Sébastien Foucan and Jerome Ben Aoues playing "tag" with two cars in a parking structure.
  • On Survivor: China, contestant Michael "Frosti" Zernow frequently discussed his training as a traceur.
  • A Rogers Wireless mp3 phone commercial features a group of young adults running to meet another group via free running on a rooftop, with a slogan "Tippin' on the brink".
  • A Canon commercial with David Belle.[14]
  • An episode of the popular BBC motoring programme Top Gear featured a race between James May in a Peugeot 207 against two traceurs — Daniel Ilabaca and John Kerr from Worldwide JAM's 'Street Team'—in the city of Liverpool on July 23 2006.[15][3] The traceurs won the race to the Liver Building, if only because May, true to character, got lost on his way to the building.
  • Cops and Robbers is a European advert for Microsoft's Xbox 360 which features a car chase and chases over roof tops and streets all influenced by parkour. One of its robbers is Cyril Raffaelli.[16]
  • In an episode of Heroes entitled "Truth & Consequences", the character of Monica Dawson, a "muscle mimic", watches a parkour video on her iPod and then uses the techniques to break into a house.
  • The Australian version of 60 Minutes featured a segment of parkour on September 16, 2007, which featured Sébastien Foucan on a trip to Australia, and French traceur Stephane Vigroux.[17]
  • In the British Police drama, The Bill, on the episode first broadcast on January 16, 2008, a criminal, played by Chase Armitage who practised parkour used the discipline to evade capture on two occasions. In the first, he escaped, but in the second, he was caught and arrested.
  • 3RUN, the expert Parkour and Free running team begin a fitness challenge in March 2009 documented on the online fitness channel-LA Muscle.TV. [18]
  • Matthew "Chippa" Campbell played stunt double as a criminal traceur in the pilot episode of Australian cop show Rush.
  • Chase Armitage appeared in the Sky 1 show Guinness World Records Smashed on April 26, 2009, for beating the world record for "Wallflip Over a Moving Car" [19]

[edit] Literature

  • Issue 6 of the limited series Global Frequency, written by noted comic book author Warren Ellis, tells the story of a young traceuse named Sita Patel who is tasked with the seemingly impossible mission of crossing London in under twenty minutes to defuse a biological weapon. The issue, titled The Run, is a varied and detailed (and mostly believable) treatment of the topic.[20]
  • The hip-hop novel Kid B — written by Texan author Linden Dalecki — tells the story of a teenager named Kid B who's a b-boy in a four-man crew called the Krush Krew. A passage in the novel details an escape by the Krush Krew over rooftops, and another passage, where Kid B trains alone, reads like a free running sequence. The book was first published in 2006 by Houghton Mifflin.
  • In Tale of Two Summers by Brian Sloan, the story of a French traceur is relayed by Hal via blogging.
  • In Terry Pratchett's Discworld novel 'Pyramids', a junior Assassin takes an examination called the Run, which involves parkour-style navigation of the rooftops of Ankh-Morpork.
  • The webcomic Achewood briefly shows the character Teodor engaging in parkour.[21]
  • In The Dark River it tells of the main character Gabriel joining a group of parkour, and running to avoid the Vast Machine.
  • In William Gibson's Spook Country, Tito uses a mix of techniques very much like parkour.[22] Interestingly, he mentions having actually run with traceurs and considers parkour a subset of his own skills.

[edit] Video games

  • Mirror's Edge the character that the player controls, is a traceuse.
  • In Resistance: Fall of Man for the PlayStation 3, a skill point by the name "le parkour", is awarded for completion of a rooftop level in a set amount of time.
  • In Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Legend and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: Anniversary, the Lara Croft character can perform various parkour movements.
  • Crackdown is an Xbox 360 action game and it has a parkour feature.[27]
  • Tony Hawk's American Wasteland: one of the several techniques you can learn whilst not on your skateboard is freerunning, although it is called parkour in the game. Also, you can wall-run, wire-grab and other parkour movements.[28]
  • The Prince of Persia re-imagined trilogy is a Ubisoft series about a Prince trying to escape from his fate, meanwhile he uses lots of parkour techniques such as cat leap and wallrun.
  • Army of Two character Philip Clyde uses Parkour to navigate the battlefield and to get close enough to his targets to kill them with his bare hands.
  • In Lugaru Turner and the enemies can use parkour techniques such as rolls and ledge grabbing, but have no ability to shimmy.
  • In Fahrenheit there are interactive cut scenes that use parkour to escape the New York police.
  • In Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell the main character, Sam Fisher; can use parkour to avoid detection or to reach a destination such as a rooftop or a more stealthy entrance than a front door. Whenever Sam Fisher falls from a sufficient height, he automatically rolls and automatically grabs ledges and such whenever jumping or falling to avoid death. Though the player can force Sam to fall to his death anyway.
  • In Left 4 Dead A type of boss zombie, Hunters, are based loosely off of parkour culture. They can climb walls and jump huge distances, landing on top of survivors to attack them.
  • In Uncharted: Drake's Fortune the platforming elements of the game have parkour influence in them such as wall running, wall climbing, and balancing.
  • In Prototype the main character, Alex Mercer uses Parkour related skills to travel around New york city.
  • Cancelled game Urban Race was based on the main concept of players racing each other through an obstacle course using parkour moves[29].

[edit] Music videos

  • David Guetta vs. The Egg have a music video for their song Love Don't Let Me Go (Walking Away), which features parkour extensively throughout it, performed by the British Freerun crew named 3run, headed by Chase Armitage
  • Die Trying has a music video for their song Oxygen's Gone that features two or three traceurs.[30]
  • Eric Prydz vs Floyd - Proper Education is about saving energy by using parkour in it to promote the facts of Global Warming.[31]
  • German singer Liza Li chases after German traceur Moses Kallweit, in both cartoon and real life scenes, on her video for the song "Ich könnte dich erschießen".[32]
  • Madonna featured parkour extensively in the Jump music video.[33] Madonna also featured free running on her world tour in 2006 The Confessions Tour as well as featuring it initially in her music video for Hung Up. All the free running sequences for Madonna were created and executed by Sebastian Foucan, Mike 'Frosti' Zernow, Levi 'Skynative' Meeuwenberg and others.[6][34]
  • Paul Oakenfold released a song with Brittany Murphy called Faster Kill Pussycat, which had some parkour in its music video performed by a few PKCali traceurs including Paul 'PD' Darnell and Cliff 'CAK010' Kravit.[5]
  • Persian singer Mehran recently released a music video named "Kaboutar (dove)" [1], featuring two Rahaa clan, member of Iran parkour[2], traceurs.
  • 3 Doors Down released a music video for "It's Not My Time" where the main character performed by Gabe Nunez from Team Tempest has a premonition and uses parkour skills to stop an accident involving a mother and daughter who are heading for disaster when a truck runs a red light.[35][36]
  • The Chemical Brothers released a music video for Midnight Madness that features a gold sequin clad gremlin break dancing and doing parkour in an alley in London[37].
  • Basshunter included free running in there music video "I can walk on water, I can fly"

[edit] Other

  • On May 2, 2008, parkour was featured in a series of videos on the front page of YouTube. The display added 14 videos from different parkour artists, propelling one of the videos to nearly 1,000,000 views.[38]

[edit] Notes

  1. The New Yorker
  2. ESPN Sports
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Parkour:Take that, Spiderman
  4. The parkour scenes are OK -- it's no B13 or Casino Royale
  5. 5.0 5.1 Parkour; Leaps of Faith
  6. 6.0 6.1 Look mum, watch this!
  7. 'Look, Ma, no hands' — or feet
  8. Rush Hour Advert
  9. YouTube Video: David Belle - Rush Hour Le Parkour(BBC)
  10. They "parkour" together, free-running, traversing the "urban obstacle course we all encounter on a daily basis from a new perspective"
  11. Nike Angry Chicken
  12. Run to 300
  13. YouTube - Scion
  14. YouTube David Belle: Canon commercial
  15. YouTube Video: Peugeot 207 Vs. French Kids
  16. Xbox Europe Plays Cops and Robbers
  17. Go Jump
  18. So fit
  19. Chase Breaking the World Wallflip Record
  20. One concerns a young woman -- a Le Parkour runner, or someone who treats the city as an urban obstacle course
  21. Hey, have you guys heard of Parkour? It's a new sport-philosophy where the urban landscape is treated as an obstacle course!
  22. The GPS wizardry, the gravity-defying parkour, the text-code languages
  23. An excellent free-roaming adventure with some of the best use of parkour yet.
  24. Just like the guys knows as le parkour or free running.
  25. Leave it to the French to bring us the first parkour video game
  26. Andrew P., "Review of Assassin's Creed," Electronic Gaming Monthly 224 (January 2008): 89. In Andrew P.'s review, he writes that the game features "a challenging parkour path of escape..."
  27. It's part super hero (think Hulk or Neo), part Jumping Flash and part Parkour.
  28. Later on in story mode, you’ll even get the chance to learn some parkour(free-running) skills!
  29. "Urban Race Video Game, Debut Trailer | Game Trailers & Videos |"
  30. Die Trying Video Premiere]
  31. YouTube Music Video: Eric Prydz vs Pink Floyd - Proper Education
  32. Warnermusic Video
  33. Foucan can be spotted showing off his parkour talents in Madonna’s latest music video.
  34. Skynative in the Madonna "Jump" Video
  35. Gabe Nunez in 3 Doors Down Video
  36. YouTube - 3 Doors Down - It's Not My Time
  38. YouTube - Yamakasi Founders Clip Haute Categorie