The charismatic criminal Dobermann, who got his first gun when he was christened, leads a gang of brutal robbers. After a complex and brutal bank robbery, they are being hunted by the Paris police. The hunt is led by the sadistic cop Christini, who only has one goal: to catch Dobermann at any cost. —IMDb
Jan was a student at the Arts Décoratifs in Nice, France, (E.P.I.A.R.). He learned cinema, animation and pixillation and passed his diploma in 1988 (Diplôme National Supérieur d’Expression Plastique) while shooting his first super 8mm (soft) and 16mm (Yellow Death – The Broadword) short films, as well as his first animated films for Dutch TV. He became assistant operator, directed his first video clips and documentaries, started as a cameraman/reporter for an image agency.
In 1989, he directed Gisele Kerosene, “Grand Prix du Court-Métrage” award at the Avoriaz Festival.
In 1990, he directed the popular L’age de Plastic music video for Elmer Foot Beat. Busy working on several projects (a screen version of a Serge Brussolo novel, the Gisele Kerosene TV series), Jan also directed his first music videos for Pauline Ester (Le Monde est Fou_), another Elmer Foot Beat video (Daniela_), videos for Chihuahuas and Erasure (Voulez… read more
Hyper-kinetic 1990s Euro-action soaked in techno and blood, not unlike like the work of Luc Besson or films like Run Lola Run. The action sequences were fast-paced, off the wall, and inventive (not to mention simultaneously funny and brutally violent). The bank robbery brings Killing Zoe to mind due to its comedic brutality. In the end, a fantastically over the top action film with lots of style.
This was one hell of a ride, full of crazy chracters, Kounen's frenetic direction and one crazy gun fight scene. Always been a fan of Tcheky Karyo and I loved his performance in this film, he's just nuts. Cassell is badass and I really loved Monica Bellucci as a crazy deaf woman (crazy seems to be the way to the describe everything about this film).
Basada en una popular historieta (popular en Francia, claro), esta trepidante cinta de acción marcó el debut en el largometraje del director Jan Kounen, y levantó cierta ampula al año de su estreno, debido al exceso de escenas violentas (de gran estilización, pero mucho más brutales que las de un film hollywoodense promedio) y a la cuestionable ideología que se desprende del film (el publico encontró dificil identificarse con una pelicula totalmente carente de personajes positivos, y con la visión de una sociedad que vive en la corrupción total, donde los criminales pueden ser incluso carismaticos). Aún asi, no deja de resultar entretenido presenciar este granguiñolesco enfrentamiento de "malos" contra "menos malos".