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Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he ... See full summary »

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Cast

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Ryôko Hirosue ...
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Yoshi Oida ...
Christian Sinniger ...
Le Squale
Alexandre Brik ...
Irène
Jean-Marc Montalto ...
Olivier (as Jean Marc Montalto)
Véronique Balme ...
Betty
Fabio Zenoni ...
Josy
Haruhiko Hirata ...
Ishibashi
Michel Scourneau ...
Van Eyck (as Mikhel Scourneau)
Jacques Bondoux ...
Del Rio
Osamu Tsuruya ...
Douanier 1
Akihiko Nishida ...
Douanier 2
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Storyline

Hubert is a French policeman with very sharp methods. After being forced to take 2 months off by his boss, who doesn't share his view on working methods, he goes back to Japan, where he used to work 19 years ago, to settle the probate of his girlfriend who left him shortly after marriage without a trace. There he mets his former colleague Momo and his daughter Yumi who he did not know was ever born. Hubert eventually finds out why his girlfriend left him and the reason becomes his and his new daughters problem. Written by Schwarz

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Quite Possibly The Greatest French-Language, English-Subtitled, Japanese Action-Comedy Of All Time. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

31 October 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Klironomo tin... kori mou!  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€15,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$17,560 (USA) (27 September 2002)

Gross:

$81,525 (USA) (18 October 2002)
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Trivia

In the arcade, the game that all the young characters convince Hubert ('Jean Reno') to play is "Dance Dance Revolution". Before you see the DDR machine (it's a 5th Mix), many of the other music-related games that are shown are also part of the Bemani series, including Beatmania and many others. The song that the characters play is 'Dive' by BeForU, and Jean Reno's character does fail on the easiest difficulty level (Basic Mode, known in more recent generations of the game as Light Mode). See more »

Goofs

After arriving in Tokyo, Hubert asks Momo to drive him to Shinjuku district to meet the lawyer. However, the following scene shows Hubert getting out of the car at Akihabara (the famous electronics shopping district) which is on the other side of Tokyo. This is evident by the iconic Akihabara pedestrian crossing under the green train bridge where he gets off. Later on, Hubert again leaves "Shinjuku" from what is clearly Akihabara and its electronics shops in the background. See more »

Quotes

Maurice 'Momo': How wonderful, Hubert. Let me look at you. You look good man, just arrived and already in deep shit.
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Connections

Referenced in Weakest link: Hitori gachi no hôsoku: Episode #1.1 (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Follow Me
Performed by Nadia Farès
Written by Nadia Farès & Paul Breslin (as P. Breslin)
Mixed by Steve Forward at Studio DIGITAL FACTORY
Assistant & prise de son: Jérôme Devoise
Arrangement et direction des cordes: Simon Cloquet
Programming: BAB
Fender Rhodes: Valmont (as VALMONT)
Bass: Michel "Alibass"
Guitar: Paul Breslin & Manu Vergeade
Percussions: Feed Back
Choeurs: Joniece Jamison (as Janiece Jamison) & Beckie Bell
Programming & sound design: Aiden & Dom T
Art director and executive producer: 'Jérome Lateur' / M9
©2001 Europa Corp. / Farwix Productions
Editions Fair Well
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Great fun!
8 August 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a French man suddenly finding himself having a rebellious Japanese daughter.

I thoroughly enjoyed the film. The plot is fun and dynamic, it mixes humour, mystery and action all in a film. The soundtrack is great, the music is upbeat, which enhances the youthful and fun atmosphere of the film. Japanese culture is portrayed in the film. It is in fact quite comprehensive in its portrayal of tradition and culture. It shows traditional culture like food, Japanese architecture and ninjas. It also shows modern culture like the cute girls dyeing their hair brown or blonde, clubs, and various video game arcades. Ryoko Hirosue gives a fine performance as a teenage girl, and speaks convincing French. I really enjoyed this film, it is so funny!


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