Fifth Element, The
The following weapons were used in the film The Fifth Element:
AKS-74U (as the "Zorg ZF-1 Pod Weapon System")
Jean-Baptiste Emanuel Zorg (Gary Oldman) makes a deal with the Mangalores that involves selling them his company's new Zorg ZF-1 pod weapons system. The ZF-1 contains a machine gun with a feature Zorg calls the "replay button" which uses one shot as a lock-on point for guided bullets, rocket launcher, arrow launcher, net launcher, flamethrower (Zorg's favorite), and the "all-new Ice Cube System" that sprays what is presumably liquid nitrogen. Simon Atherton, the armorer who designed and built the weapons used in The Fifth Element, has said in an interview for a science-fiction magazine that firing versions of the ZF-1 were built around 5.45x39mm AKS-74U carbines. It is also possible to see the AKS-74U magazine on the weapon in some scenes. In scenes where the ZF-1 is not fired, inert models are used instead; the blank firing ZF-1 can be distinguished by an ejection port on the right side of the upper body shell. Each individual function of the ZF-1 during the demonstration is actually a separate prop which only has that single function: the main assembly of each of the 15-pound props is made from machined aluminum, with the body shells made from fiberglass. Among the various parts at the front of every prop are several industrial piping fittings: this appears to have been done so that functional versions using air or fuel lines would not look different to the other props. None of the props have the ability to fold down to the pod form, and the folded weapons are separate prop shells. The effect of the weapon unfolding when Zorg first introduces it appears to have been accomplished using a stop-motion model.
It is not clear what happened to the blank-firing ZF-1 after the film was made (most likely it was dismantled because Simon Atherton wanted his AK back), but the firing "hero" flamethrower ZF-1 is currently owned by Prop Store: this includes a metal fuel line inside the body that was linked to an external gas supply, using a small butane torch (which is present on all of the props) as an igniter. The version with the functional arrow launcher, which includes a compressed air line and drawstring trigger to be operated from off-screen by an armorer, was also in their possession but was sold at auction in 2015 for £25,000.
Korben's Handgun (Vektor CP1)
Mangalore handgun (Vektor CP1)
The Mangalore assault rifles props were built around the AK-47 series assault rifles.
WZ.83 Pallad D (As the 'ZF-140')
The ZF-140 assault gun the mugger (Mathieu Kassovitz) pointed at Korben Dallas is a dressed up Polish WZ.83 Pallad D Grenade Launcher. Two AK mags were mounted at an angle and the underfolding stock was covered by a rubber motorcycle fork gaiter.
A visually modified Calico M960 is used by one of the Mangalores disguised as humans to shoot at NYPD officers at JFK International Airport.
The heavy machine gun used by the Mangalores onboard the Fhloston Paradise space liner is a Browning M2 heavy machine gun. The Browning M2 used in the film has a shortened barrel and was fitted with rockets, flexible metal hoses and a ballistic shield to make the weapon look more futuristic.
The NYPD is seen using a futuristic handgun of some sort as their main weapon. It's also used by the crew of the Fhloston Paradise space liner during the assault by the Mangalores. It is never seen being fired and is likely just a fabricated prop.
Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer
A Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer machine pistol is used by Billy Masterson (Luke Perry) in Egypt in 1914. While it looks appropriate for the time period, the Schnellfeuer was produced in the early 1930s and is thus an anachronism. That said however, it is the only real weapon in the film not buried in Hollywood embellishments to pass for a futuristic or alien weapon.
A modified Steyr AUG rifle can be seen among the weapons Korben Dallas has collected from various sources at his apartment.
A modified Colt Commando can be seen among Korben Dallas' gun collection.
Norinco Type 56-1
A visually modified Norinco Type 56-1 rifle is seen in the hands of a Fhloston Paradise space liner crew member when Korbin Dallas (Bruce Willis) and Ruby Rhod (Chris Tucker) are heading to the ship's control room.