Taxi 2 tells the story of a Japanese minister of defence visiting Marseille to view the city police's anti-gang tactics. During the visit, however, he is kidnapped by a group working for the Japanese yakuza. Young officer Emilien (played by Frédéric Diefenthal) is determined to rescue the minister and officer Petra (Emma Sjöberg) (his girlfriend), who was also kidnapped, and restore the honour of his department. Once again, speed demon taxi-driver Daniel (Samy Naceri) is called upon to save the day with his high-speed driving skills.
Luc Besson was investigated by authorities after a cameraman died during filming. A Peugeot 406 was supposed to land in a pile of cardboard after a stunt, but missed and hit several crew. A cameraman died later of internal injuries and another cameraman broke both legs. Authorities allege safety was compromised in an effort to cut costs. Pioneer stunt coordinator Rémy Julienne was given an 18-month suspended jail sentence and fined 13,000 euros. Luc Besson, Grenet and director Gerard Krawczyk were all cleared of charges.