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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 »

Director:

Gérard Krawczyk

Writer:

Luc Besson

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jean Reno ... Hubert Fiorentini
Ryôko Hirosue 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

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 »

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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

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

Goofs

After arriving in Tokyo, Hubert asks Momo to drive him to Shinjuku district to meet the lawyer. However, the following scene shows Hubert getting out of the car at Akihabara (the famous electronics shopping district) which is on the other side of Tokyo. This is evident by the iconic Akihabara pedestrian crossing under the green train bridge where he gets off. Later on, Hubert again leaves "Shinjuku" from what is clearly Akihabara and its electronics shops in the background. See more »

Quotes

Sofia: You're wearing cologne?
Hubert Fiorentini: Yes, I found an old bottle.
Sofia: The bottle I gave you 2 years ago?
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Connections

Referenced in Taxi 3 (2003) 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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