Scorpion (film)

Directed by Julien Seri
Produced by Cédric Jimenez
Jean Labadie
Julien Seri
Written by Cédric Jimenez
Sylvie Verheyde
Julien Seri
Starring Clovis Cornillac
Music by Christian Henson
Cinematography Michel Taburiaux
Edited by Virginie Bruant
Richard Riffaud
Distributed by BAC Films
Release dates
  • 21 February 2007 (2007-02-21)
Running time
98 minutes
Country France
Language French
Budget $4.3 million
Box office $3.2 million[1]

Scorpion is a 2007 French action drama film directed by Julien Seri.


Angelo is a former street fighter who can't deny his troubled past. Yet he has learned to channel his aggressions by striving for success in Muai Thai. But during a tournament, the officials do him wrong. After an unjustified disqualification, he cannot hide his contempt for his opponent. Although this seals the premature end of his career, the worst is still about to come, because he has made an enemy. The aforementioned opponent believes he ought to teach Angelo a lesson. He and his friends confront Angelo outside the tournament.

When three enemies attempt together to waste Angelo in a derelict, dark alley, his instincts kick in. Driven by wrath, he applies his acquired fighting skills without restraint. Thus he causes the death of one of these men. Since he seems to have fought them off with considerable ease, a court judges that this wasn't self-defense but manslaughter. Angelo is sentenced to prison.

After he has done his time, Angelo is a broken man. Nothing matters to him anymore and his alcoholism makes it worse big time. Even so, a good-hearted woman recognises a spark of decency in the debauched loser. Angelo perceives this after all and is encouraged to start over once again. But he cannot get any other job than to engage in illegal fights where gangsters bet on him. This time there is little chance of overdoing anything, because, in order to barely survive these fights, he needs everything he has got.



Critics assert that this film is different from most films about martial arts because it refrains from idealised, aesthetic fight choreography.[2]


Scorpion was the film debut of international martial arts champion Jérôme Le Banner.

See also


  1. "Scorpion".
  2. "If you are tired of the over choreographed action flicks that are pouring out of Asia and the States it might be time to give a French movie a chance.". Retrieved 2012-06-18.
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