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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

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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 »

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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:

€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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Ryoko Hirosue didn't know a word of French; she learned all of her lines phonetically. See more »

Goofs

In the arcade, Hubert shoots 7 times with his revolver. Previously at the hotel suite, when he loads the revolver, it is showed to be a regular 6-shots revolver. See more »

Quotes

Maurice 'Momo': We were here in the 80's to watch the Russians. I can't tell you the trouble we made.
Hubert Fiorentini: That's right you can't, now try to keep your mouth shut for 5 minutes.
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Soundtracks

Rasen
Performed by Chihiro Onitsuka
Written by Chihiro Onitsuka (as c. Onitsuka)
Taken from the album "Insomnia"
©2001 TV Asahi Music Co. Ltd. / Melodystar Records Ltd.
©TBC par Virgin Japon
avec l'aimable autorisation
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Great fun!
8 August 2007 | by Gordon-11See 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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