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Wasabi (2001)

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A French cop gets 2 months leave for getting results too violently. His Japanese girlfriend, who vanished 19 years ago, has died and he flies Paris to Tokyo for her funeral and will full of surprises. The Yakuza meets his brutal ways.

Director:

Gérard Krawczyk

Writer:

Luc Besson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Reno ... Hubert Fiorentini
Ryôko Hirosue ... Yumi Yoshimido
Michel Muller ... Maurice 'Momo'
Carole Bouquet ... Sofia
Yoshi Oida ... Takanawa
Christian Sinniger Christian Sinniger ... Le Squale
Alexandre Brik Alexandre Brik ... Irène
Jean-Marc Montalto Jean-Marc Montalto ... Olivier (as Jean Marc Montalto)
Véronique Balme Véronique Balme ... Betty
Fabio Zenoni Fabio Zenoni ... Josy
Haruhiko Hirata Haruhiko Hirata ... Ishibashi
Michel Scourneau Michel Scourneau ... Van Eyck (as Mikhel Scourneau)
Jacques Bondoux Jacques Bondoux ... Del Rio
Osamu Tsuruya Osamu Tsuruya ... Douanier 1
Akihiro Nishida Akihiro 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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For those who take their action raw. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

France | Japan

Language:

French | Japanese

Release Date:

31 October 2001 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Vasabi See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

EUR15,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,560, 29 September 2002

Gross USA:

$97,220

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,366,360
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

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

Hubert Fiorentini: Momo, wait for me outside!
Maurice 'Momo': Can I go to the jhon?
Hubert Fiorentini: No!
Maurice 'Momo': I am gonna wet my pants... .
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Dive
Performed by BeForU
Written and mixed by Naoki Maeda
Extracted from album "BeForU First Album" and "Dance Dance Revolution 5th Mix OST"
©2001 by Konami
Played on the arcade scene
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Mission accomplished!
4 April 2006 | by LeRoyMarkoSee 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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