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Wasabi (2001)

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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Takanawa
Christian Sinniger ...
Le Squale
Alexandre Brik ...
Irène
Jean-Marc Montalto ...
Olivier (as Jean Marc Montalto)
Véronique Balme ...
Betty
Fabio Zenoni ...
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Haruhiko Hirata ...
Michel Scourneau ...
Van Eyck (as Mikhel Scourneau)
Jacques Bondoux ...
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Osamu Tsuruya ...
Douanier 1
Akihiro Nishida ...
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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 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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For those who take their action raw. See more »


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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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31 October 2001 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Klironomo tin... kori mou!  »

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Box Office

Budget:

€15,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$3,018,226 (France), 2 November 2001

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,560, 29 September 2002, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$81,525, 20 October 2002
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Trivia

On Miko's empty apartment, the window shows a neon light advertisement with the Japanese words "raw wasabi" See more »

Goofs

Shadow of equipment (presumably the camera) visible as camera pans forward in the club during the opening. Watch the floor. See more »

Quotes

Douanier 2: You do have a reputation, Mr. Fiorentini. Why are you here in Tokyo? Working?
Hubert Fiorentini: Vacation. But don't worry, I won't be long.
Maurice 'Momo': That's right. With him nothing takes long.
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Connections

Referenced in Taxi 3 (2003) 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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Entertaining, with a nice blend of French/Japanese Sensibilities
10 July 2002 | by 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.


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