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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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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 »

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:

€15,300,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,560, 29 September 2002

Gross USA:

$81,525
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

If Hubert was familiar enough with Japanese cuisine to prepare a meal for his date, he should not have been surprised at the sight of wasabi, a well known condiment, while eating with Momo. See more »

Quotes

Yumi Yoshimido: I never spend more than I have.
Hubert Fiorentini: That's a good principle.
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Connections

Remade as Jaggubhai (2010) See more »

Soundtracks

Perfection
Performed by Nadia Farès
Written by Nadia Farès & Paul Breslin (as P. Breslin)
Produced by Nadia Farès
arrangement et direction des cordes: Simon Cloquet
mixed by Didier Lozahic at Studio DIGITAL FACTORY
prise de son: Jérôme Devoise
programmations & sound design: Aiden & Dom T
direction artistique & production exécutive: 'Jérome Lateur' / M9
©2001 Europa Corp. / Farwix Productions
Editions Fair Well
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THOROUGHLY ENTERTAINING
8 September 2002 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

I am no Jean Reno fan, but I hired this one on DVD today and thoroughly enjoyed it. Although technically a French Film, it was mostly made in Japan and gives some insight into Japanese culture. The film provokes both tears and laughter in successive bouts. I didn't like the beginning with all its techno rubbish, but once that was out of the way and the story got going I really enjoyed myself. Reno was really quite amusing and the storyline, although nothing original, enables the spectator to enjoy him or herself. In addition, the Japanese actress was cute. Although the film cannot be considered a major work of art, it is sure to have international success as its theme is fairly universal and should be appreciated across a wide variety of cultures. There are many things which would make anyone laugh, whatever their culture or origin. There is little typically French about the film and indeed most of the action is in Tokyo. I can say fairely safely that all but the most cynical would get a great deal of fun out of this 90 minute stint. Bravo, and let's hope the film gets known worldwide !


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