The entire star cast is back from Taxi 2 (2000) for writer/co-producer Luc Besson’s jolly and impressively silly 2003 second sequel. It proves another daft, fast-paced, high-energy French all-action crime comedy adventure, with yet more thrilling stunts, crashes and pile-ups.
This time cabbie Daniel (Sami Naceri) and his pal Emilien the cop (Frédéric Diefenthal) have to tackle the Oriental Santa Claus gang planning a heist on Marseilles’s largest bank.
Once again, Jean-Christophe Bouvet is hysterical as the General, Edmond Bertineau. Bernard Farcy plays Police Captain Gilbert and Bai Ling plays Qiu. Sylvester Stallone has a star cameo walk-on as the first passenger.
It also co-stars Marion Cotillard as Lilly Bertineau. In 2007, Cotillard received international recognition and a Best Actress Oscar for her iconic portrayal of Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007).
Bernard Farcy stars again as Commissaire Gibert, while Emma Sjöberg and Bai Ling co-star. Director: Gérard Krawczyk.
Sequel: Taxi 4 in 2007. American remake: Taxi (2004).
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