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Wasabi (2001)

Cast: Jean Reno, Jean Reno, Ryoko Hirosue, more...
Director: Gérard Krawczyk, Gérard Krawczyk
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Action, Foreign, France, Japan
Running Time: 94 min.
Languages: English, French
Subtitles: English
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A cop from the city of lights finds adventure and romance in the Land of the Rising sun in this thriller. Hubert (Jean Reno) is a detective with the French police force who's the kind of cop who doesn't let little details get in the way of catching crooks -- and isn't afraid to speak with his fists if talking doesn't do the job. When Hubert gets in a dust-up with an innocent bystander while trying to apprehend a group of bank robbers, he learns the passerby was the son of the Chief of Police -- and Hubert is put on suspension for two months. Just as Hubert wonders what to do for the next 60 days, he learns that an old flame has died; 19 years ago, he was sent to Tokyo on assignment, and fell in love with a woman named Miko. Even though Hubert hadn't seen Miko in years, he was the sole beneficiary named in her will, and Hubert goes to Tokyo to sort out her effects. Once in Japan, Hubert meets Miko's daughter Yumi (Ryoko Hirosue), who doesn't think much of Hubert and appears to be unaware that he is her biological father. As Hubert tries to bond with Yumi, he examines the facts behind Miko's death and begins to suspect her death was no accident, and with the help of his buddy Momo (Michel Muller), he tries to find out the truth about her death. In his spare time, Hubert once again finds romance in Japan, though this time with a visitor from France, Sophia (Carole Bouquet). ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Not overdone like most action movies by apratt August 31, 2005 - 1:09 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
This action movie shines above all others mostly because it isn't over-the-top. The level and frequency of explosions, gunplay, acrobatics, etc. is just right. The comedic elements are similarly subtle and well-placed.

Foie Gras Sashimi by carolynsearches June 6, 2003 - 3:37 PM PDT
7 out of 7 members found this review helpful
"Lethal Weapon" done with French style and Japanese precision. An excellent role for Reno. If you like action, this one's for you. I just wish they'd release a soundtrack stateside, the music is amazing.

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(Average 6.62)
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