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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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Rated R for some violence | See all certifications »

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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

Hubert fires seven shots from his magnum in the arcade. When he first loaded the gun it only held six bullets. 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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Connections

Remade as Jaggubhai (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Atomic Mushroom
Written by Samuel Potin (as S. Potin)
Performed by Samuel Potin (as S. Potin) & Ken Yasumoto (as K. Yasumoto)
©All rights reserved
©Europa Corp.
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Thoroughly Enjoyed this Drama, Action, Comedy
30 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I agree with Jordan above... if you don't like it, than you just don't get it. I actually laughed out loud during the scene which depicts the title of this film, and I don't laugh out loud at anything in films.

Someone compared this to Austin Powers? I don't think so... they don't compare at all. It's no Leon (The Professional), then again, what is? As a huge fan of that film, I was skeptical, but quickly let go when I became involved with the characters. It's more of a comedy than anything else, perhaps somewhat satirical, especially in the "night club". Music? You have to respect the culture, the group it represents, the tone it's trying to set, mainly the daughter's generation.

To me this was an interesting example of how you can take the same story and execute it in a different way. Just relax and have fun with this one!


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