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Wasabi (2001)

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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Hubert Fiorentini
Ryôko Hirosue ... Yumi Yoshimido
... Maurice 'Momo'
... Sofia
... Takanawa
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
Akihiro Nishida ... Douanier 2
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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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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:

Vasabi  »

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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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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The wall art that Yumi envisions for her room was taken directly from liner notes of The Prodigy's album 'Music for the Jilted Generation' which features the song "Voodoo People" that was used in this movie. See more »

Goofs

There is a scene where Hubert tips the bellhop. Tipping is not customary in Japan, and unless they have worked with Westerners for a long time, most Japanese feel uncomfortable receiving gratuities. 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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Referenced in Taxi 3 (2003) See more »

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Starshine
Performed by Gorillaz
Written by Damon Albarn (as D. Albarn) & Jamie Hewlett (as J. Hewlett)
©2000 by EML Music Publishing Ltd
avex l'aimable autorisation
des Editions EML Music Publishing France
©2001 avec l'aimable autorisation
de la société EML Music France
tous droits réservés pour l'univers entier
Played in the Golf ring
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Mission accomplished!
4 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

The goal of this film is to entertain. And it works. Leave your brain at the door and enjoy. The soundtrack is appropriate and good. Jean Reno is at the apex of coolness and Ryoko Hirosue is hip and refreshing. One could say the movie is some kind of techno-cop film that takes some aspects of the traditional French cop movies and push it to the limit during a crazy few days in Tokyo. Great to see the mega-city by the way. The movie is a cross between your typical James Bond and a modern Japanese action flick. Seen at home, in Toronto, on April 4th, 2006.

74/100 (**½)


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