MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 409 this week

Wasabi (2001)

6.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.6/10 from 26,161 users   Metascore: 53/100
Reviews: 91 user | 40 critic | 15 from Metacritic.com

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 »

Director:

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

ON DISC

Editors' Spotlight

Leonard Nimoy: 1931-2015

Best known for his work on "Star Trek," actor and director Leonard Nimoy died on Friday in Los Angeles. Read our full story on his varied career, and view our memorial photo gallery.

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 29 Mar 2012
 
a list of 30 titles
created 01 Apr 2012
 
a list of 27 titles
created 11 Jun 2012
 
a list of 41 titles
created 03 Jul 2012
 
a list of 47 titles
created 27 Sep 2012
 

Related Items

Search for "Wasabi" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Wasabi (2001)

Wasabi (2001) on IMDb 6.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Wasabi.

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Pierre Niemans faces the threat of the apocalypse while investigating a series of ritual murders.

Director: Olivier Dahan
Stars: Jean Reno, Benoît Magimel, Christopher Lee
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

After hiding his loot and getting thrown in jail, Ruby, a brooding outlaw encounters Quentin, a dim-witted and garrulous giant who befriends him. After Quentin botches a solo escape attempt... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Jean Reno, Richard Berry
Taxi I (1998)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

To work off his tarnished driving record, a hip taxi driver must chauffeur a loser police inspector on the trail of German bank robbers.

Director: Gérard Pirès
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Marion Cotillard
Taxi 2 (2000)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Police inspector Emilien and his taxi-driver pal Daniel are back, this time on the tail of a group of Japanese yakuza.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Emma Wiklund
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Parisian murder detective commissioner Pierre Niemans is called to Gueron, a self-sufficient, prestigious university in a mountain valley, to investigate the murder on 32-year old professor... See full summary »

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Stars: Jean Reno, Vincent Cassel, Nadia Farès
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When the young detective Paul Nerteaux finds the third slashed female corpse of illegal Turkish immigrants, he decides to ask for support to the experienced dark retired detective ... See full summary »

Director: Chris Nahon
Stars: Jean Reno, Arly Jover, Jocelyn Quivrin
Taxi 3 (2003)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Out to stop a new gang disguised as Santa Claus, Emilien and Daniel must also handle major changes in their personal relationships.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy
Action | Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Gravity or Police, these guys don't believe in any law. Idolised by the youth of Paris as much as they're hated by the police, they are the Yamakasis, modern samurais. With acrobatic ... See full summary »

Directors: Ariel Zeitoun, Julien Seri
Stars: Châu Belle Dinh, Williams Belle, Malik Diouf
Taxi 4 (2007)
Action | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Unlucky, clumsy, charming Marseile PD detective Émilien Coutant-Kerbalec must assist worse-then-Clouseau commissioner Gibert guarding a Belgian criminal reputed as dangerous as - and caged ... See full summary »

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Samy Naceri, Frédéric Diefenthal, Bernard Farcy
22 Bullets (2010)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A retired mobster goes on a revenge spree after being left for dead with 22 bullets in his body by his former childhood friend.

Director: Richard Berry
Stars: Jean Reno, Kad Merad, Jean-Pierre Darroussin
Fanfan (2003)
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In this 2003 remake of the classic 1952 French film, Fanfan la Tulipe is a swashbuckling lover who is tricked into joining the army of King Louis XV by Adeline La Franchise, who tells Fanfan that by doing so, he will eventually marry one of the king's daughters.

Director: Gérard Krawczyk
Stars: Vincent Perez, Penélope Cruz, Didier Bourdon
Le jaguar (1996)
Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A shaman from the South American rain forest visits France for a public relations campaign. In a hotel's elevator in Paris he meets a French good-for-nothing named Perrin he's fascinated ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Jean Reno, Patrick Bruel, Danny Trejo
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Ryôko Hirosue ...
...
...
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
Edit

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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 »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

|

Release Date:

31 October 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Klironomo tin... kori mou!  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

€15,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$81,525 (USA) (18 October 2002)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

|

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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

Hubert fires seven shots from his magnum in the arcade. When he first loaded the gun it only held six bullets. See more »

Quotes

Yumi Yoshimido: I never spend more than I have.
Hubert Fiorentini: That's a good principle.
See more »

Connections

Remade as Jaggubhai (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Shakoto & Narita Smurf
Eric Serra
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Entertaining, with a nice blend of French/Japanese Sensibilities
10 July 2002 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

As others have commented, this is certainly light entertainment, not heavy on elaborate plot lines. I actually saw this movie today on a flight from Japan, and found it delightful. It certainly is a film that was pitched to a French Audience, tossing in simplified bits of Japanese pop culture (Witness: I have never encountered so many Japanese that could speak French, as in this movie). Nevertheless this is what I liked about the movie:

1. The interplay between Fiorentino (Jean Reno) and his sidekick Momo (Michel Muller) was consistently humorous throughout, with Muller delivering the punchline, and nearly upstaging Reno throughout. My favorite scene is when Fiorentino is eating generous gobs of Wasabi (hence the name of the film), and Momo, not wanting to be outdone by his mentor, nearly gags to death on the stuff. I was laughing out loud -- maybe because it reminds me too vividly of the first time I ever ate sushi, and nearly died doing the same thing as Momo!!

2. Ryoko Hirosue, who plays Yumi, the previously unknown daughter to Fiorentini, is one of the current hot young faces in Japan, and has appeared in many TV dramas and movies. She certainly provides all the eye candy I could ever wish for in this film. But I must admit a certain new found-respect for her acting abilities, as she pulled off her lines in French flawlessly, while maintaining her trademark cuteness and capturing the carefree attitude of today's Japanese youth. She provided a foil of a different sort for Reno, her bright colors (pink hair, pink everything) offering a striking contrast to Reno's darker, demure look.

The Yakuza were portrayed as mindless goons in this film, and there are certainly better films out there if you want to know more about Yakuza, but it appeared that they played their role, which was to showcase Reno's machismo, in a humorous way, something along the lines of Jackie Chan films -- they are more like props in the film than anything else.

All in all, I was entertained by this film, which is all I was looking for during my 11 hours crossing the Pacific.


20 of 22 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Anybody's good at speaking French? xavier_lin7152
Is it real wasabi? sk_lim86
funniest scene sugarbear-1
How hot is wasabi? redeyedragon19
I may be missing something but... Kryogenics
Need help with certain songs in WASABI alanjayh
Discuss Wasabi (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?