The film “The Last Battle” (original French title: “Le dernier combat”, German title: “Der letzte Kampf”) was produced by future star director Luc Besson (“Léon – The Professional”, “Nikita”, “The Fifth Element”, “The Deep Blue”, “Lucy”, “Anna”) and Pierre Jolivet. The film, which Luc Besson also directed for the first time and which is now…
The film “Kamikaze” (German title: “Kamikaze – TV-Tod live“) by director Didier Grousset, which is available in Germany, Austria and Switzerland via the film label B-Spree Classics, was produced by star director Luc Besson (“Léon“, “Nikita“, “The Fifth Element, “The Big Blue“, “Lucy“, “Anna“).
Albert (Michel Galabru) is fired from his company, although he is a brilliant computer expert. But now he sits around at home, in a flat with his niece and her husband, falls more and more into alcohol and increasingly loses his sanity. After some time, when he has finally succumbed to madness, he begins to focus his abilities on a murderous plan. Albert develops a technology that allows him to send lethal rays through television cameras without even having to be there. He uses this technique to kill television presenters live on screen, one by one. The police put Inspector Romain Pascot (Richard Bohringer) on the case, and soon the noose seems to be tightening around Albert’s neck…
About director Didier Grousset
Unfortunately, little is known about Didier Grousset‘s private life.
About screenwriter and producer Luc Besson
So in 1983, the jack-of-all-trades shot “The Last Stand“, his first feature film, with superstar Jean Reno in the leading role. In quick succession he then shot “Subway“, “The Big Blue“, “Nikita” and “Léon“, thus already sealing his stardom. This was the only way he was able to get 100 million dollars from the major studios to shoot “The Fifth Element“. The film recouped more than twice the amount spent in the cinemas and for many years was the most commercially successful European film of all time.
Along the way, the successful director also invented the series “Arthur and the Minimoys“, which he filmed himself from 2006. Fortunately for the audience, he discards his plan to stop directing after ten films and retire from the business, otherwise further hits like “Lucy” with Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman or “Anna” with Sasha Luss and Helen Mirren would probably never have been made.
After the actresses Anne Parillaud, Maïwenn Le Besco and Milla Jovovich, Luc Besson has been married for the fourth time since 2004 to producer Virginie Besson-Silla, with whom Besson has had the last three of his five daughters.
The film was released in France on December 10, 1986, distributed by Gaumont. On 12 November 1988, the film was released by Warner Home Video on VHS video cassette in Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Original title: Kamikaze
Director: Didier Grousset
Screenplay: Luc Besson, Didier Grousset, Michèle Pétin (as Michèle Halberstadt)
Actors & actresses: Richard Bohringer, Michel Galabru, Dominique Lavanant, Romane Bohringer, Etienne Chicot, Harry Cleven, Riton Liebman, Kim Massee, Michael Goldman, Geoffrey Carey, Charles Gérard, Philippe Girard, Vincent Skimenti, Philippe Landoulsi, Jean-Paul Muel, Beate Kopp, Basile de Bodt, Eric Averlant, Jacques Japaud, René Loyon, Laurent Spielvogel, Jean-François Henry, Michel Pilorgé, Gérard Boucaron, Pierre Belot, Henri Delmas, Jean-François Robin, Charles Schneider, Emmanuel Gust, Daniel Koenigsberg, Yannick Evely Yannick Evely, Bernard Ballet, Christine Amat, Annick Fatigon, Yolanda Jilot, Blanche Ravalec, Nathalie Canion, Jean-Philippe Chatrier, Arielle Sémenoff, Thierry Hay, Marie Vincent, Philippe Sfez, Cécile Combe, Bernard Le Roux, Lionel Robert
Producer: Luc Besson, Louis Duchesne, Laurent Pétin
Cinematography: Jean-François Robin
Camera & technical departement: Jean Atanassian, Michel Atanassian, Guy Canu, Ariane Damain, Bruno Delbonnel, Dominique Fourny, Patrick Gasché, Jacques Monge, Patrick Pamart, Noël Véry
Sound: Michel Barlier, Eric Chevallier, Murielle Damain, Marie Guesnier, Gérard Hardy, Katrina Heaulme, Paul Lainé, Gérard Lamps, Alain Lévy, Jérôme, Bernard Marincudraz, Luc Perini, Michel Villain
Editing: Olivier Mauffroy
Makeup: Josseline Blanchet, Joëlle Dominique, Sophie Landry
Costumes: Magali Guidasci, Patricia Desrousseaux
Music: Éric Serra
Production companies: ARP Sélection, Les Films du Loup, Gaumont
Year of production: 1986
Genres: Science-Fiction, Thriller
Lenght: 90 Min
Ratling: FSK 18
Aspect ratio: 2,35:1 (35mm Panavision)
Sound Mix: Dolby Stereo
German: Kamikaze – TV-Tod live
Swedish: Kamikaze – dödsmaskinen
Film label: B-Spree Classics
VHS start: 12.11.1988
Blu-Ray/DVD start: 08.04.2022
Composer Éric Serra wrote and produce the soundtrack for the film. The main piece is the song “The Kabuki Plan“, which was also released on a vinyl single and is sung by Ghida De Palma. Although Éric Serra has hardly achieved stardom so far, he is featured on the soundtracks of many well-known films. Director Luc Besson, for example, repeatedly enlists the Frenchman, born in 1959, for his films. Serra was already involved in “Subway” (the cult film with Christopher Lambert and Isabelle Adjani) from 1985 and contributed two songs. He also made his first and only appearance in front of the camera in this film, playing a bass player. This was followed by cinema hits such as “The Big Blue” (1988), “Léon” (1994), “James Bond 007: GoldenEye” (1995) and in 1997 some of the truly exceptional pieces on the soundtrack of “The Fifth Element“, another hit by star director Luc Besson.
The German dubbed version was produced by Studio Hamburg on behalf of Warner Germany.
|Romain Pascot||Richard Bohringer||Peter Lakenmacher|
|Albert||Michel Galabru||Harald Halgardt|
|Policeman||Charles Gerard||Lothar Gruetzner|
Michel Galabru was born on 27 October 1922 in what is now Morocco. He began his acting career in the classical way at the theatre, to a large extent at the French state theatre Comédie-Française in Paris. In 1949 he appeared for the first time in front of the camera for the film “La bataille du feu“. In 1962 followed a role in the well-known drama “The War of the Buttons” based on the 1912 novel by Louis Pergaud. Galabru’s comic talent, however, brought the Frenchman greater fame and made him very well known. He can be seen in various films with Louis de Funès, in the films of the Gendarme series often as his superior Gerber.
In 1977, Michel Galabru won a “César” for “Best Actor“ for his portrayal of Joseph Bouvier in Bertrand Tavernier‘s film “The Judge and the Murderer” alongside Philippe Noiret and Isabelle Huppert. The actor was nominated twice more for this great film prize, in 1986 for “Subway” and in 1990 for “Uranus“, but he lost both times. Together with his TV roles Michel Galabru managed to impersonate more than 300 different characters until his death after more than 60 years in front of the camera. Yet he played a leading role in very few of the films.
Michel Galabru was married twice and a father of four before he died on 4 January 2016 at the age of 93. In his last film “Ouvert la nuit” with Audrey Tautou, which premiered on 11 January 2017, the Frenchman played himself. Michel Galabru, like a large part of French celebrities from politics and the arts, is buried in the Montmartre cemetery in Paris. His daughter Emmanuelle followed in his footsteps and has been appearing in film and television since 1996.
|1962||War of the Buttons|
|1964||The Troops of St. Tropez|
|1965||Your Money or Your Life|
The Judge and the Assassin
|1978||La Cage aux Folles|
|1981||Choice of Arms|
|1998||Asterix and Obelix vs. Caesar|
Welcome to the Sticks
Love Like Poison
Richard Bohringer is the father of two sons and daughter Romane Bohringer, who acts like her father. The Frenchman is still active and has impersonated more than 150 characters over the last six decades.
|1980||The Last Metro|
The Man Who Loved Zoos
The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover
By the Sea
Romane Bohringer, the daughter of Richard Bohringer, who embodies Inspector Pascot, can be seen in a supporting role. Interestingly, she also mimes his daughter in the film. The actress, born in 1973, was later honoured with a “César” for her leading role in “Wild Nights” alongside Cyrill Collard as “most promising young actress“. At the same time, Romane Bohringer only showed all her skills as she matured, as in 1995 in “The Affair of Rimbaud and Verlaine” alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.
Although the basic idea of “Kamikaze” has not been used very often, there are at least two other interesting films that take up this theme. On the one hand, director Giuliano Montaldo made the thriller “The Deadly Circle” in 1978, on the other hand, director Clifford Sanforth created the thrilling crime thriller “Murder by Television” with superstar Bela Lugosi in the male lead as early as 1935.
“Kamikaze – TV Death Live is definitely a little insider tip – not only for Luc Besson fans!” (Retro-Film.com)
“Co-scripted and produced by Luc Besson (who gave direction to his former assistant), Kamikaze is an ambitious if somewhat thin satire on a society enthralled by the bland production of cinema.” (timeout.com)
“Impressive French film (from a script by Luc Besson) about an unemployed man who gets so annoyed with television announcers that he invents a gun to kill them by remote control…” (filmblitz.org)
“TV Death Live – Kamikaze is a classic B-movie that combines science fiction with a dash of crime and thriller, and it kicks off with an interesting premise. The idea of killing people over the TV while they are in a live programme is clever…” (sofahelden.com)
“I really enjoyed the film, you can tell a top producer was at work, it was Luc Besson. The film has a great ending, is exciting and in my opinion belongs in every collection.” (mediennerd.de)
“Kamikaze – TV Death Live is a futuristic thriller in which Michel Galabru and Richard Bohringer are convincing leads as outlaw and sheriff.” (poenack.de)
Physical equipment and technical data
Limited Mediabook | Total running time Blu-Ray: approx. 90 min.; Total running time DVD: approx. 85 min. | Picture format Blu-Ray: WS 2.35:1 / 1080p 23.976; DVD: WS 2.35:1 (anamorphic) | Sound formats Blu-Ray: German DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0; DVD: German DD 2.0, English DD 2.0 | Extras: Original trailer, artwork gallery, 16-page booklet | Rating: FSK 18