Wasabi

2001 [FRENCH]

Action / Comedy / Crime / Drama / Thriller

27
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Rotten 43% · 42 reviews
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 69% · 10K ratings
IMDb Rating 6.6/10 10 42756 42.8K

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Plot summary

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.


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Jean Reno as Hubert Fiorentini
Carole Bouquet as Sofia
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862.64 MB
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1 hr 33 min
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French 5.1
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1 hr 33 min
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Lady_Targaryen 8 / 10

Quite Possibly The Greatest French-Language, English-Subtitled, Japanese Action-Comedy Of All Time.

''Wasabi'' is an excellent movie. It is the third time I watch this movie, and I still cannot be tired of it! It's a mix of comedy and action, having the main language french, but also having some Japanese lines and the story being in Japan. Another nice thing,was seeing a movie showing a modern Japan,without the samurai/geisha cliché. The character Yumi Yoshimido looks exaggerating sometimes in her way to speak or her crazy way to dress,but this is how many of the modern Japanese teenagers behave.I was also very surprise to know that the actress who played Yumi,Ryoko Hirosue, didn't know how to speak french,and she learned her lines phonetically! I am not french, but she spoke in the movie very well to me, and also her acting was great,since she was convincing in her role.

Watch this movie...it's very worthwhile!:)

Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

Reno is excellent--the rest of the film is pretty good

This is an interesting film that abruptly changes pace--something that occasionally pays off well, while other times it doesn't. The film begins with Jean Reno playing a Dirty Harry-type cop in France. His answer to every problem seems to be punching people in the face or shooting them. For some inexplicable reason(!), his bosses aren't particularly happy with his methods and suspend him. Then, completely out of the blue, he finds out what happened to his long-lost Japanese wife--she just recently died and her lawyer has contacted Reno about the will. When he arrives in Japan, in addition to being the executor of the will, he also finds out he's been a father for the 19 years since his wife vanished. Now, with a "kooky" new daughter in tow, they are off on some violent adventures.

As for the daughter, she was fine later in the film, but at first she really came off as an obnoxious person and it was hard to see how Reno could resist punching her, as well! Fortunately, this very clichéd bouncy young girl finally began acting believably as the film shifted into overdrive. This shift was when the Yakuza (like the Japanese mob) show up and seem eager to kill Reno and his kooky kid! Throughout all this, Reno is mesmerizing. He's a fine actor and here he carries the entire film. The problem, aside from the distracting girl, is that oddly someone thought it was important to dub this film into English. With Reno, it wasn't so bad--he did his own dubbing since he speaks English so well. But as for most everyone else, they were lousy voice actors--most of the Frenchmen sounded just like Americans. Also, it just made no sense why most of the Japanese people spoke English most of the time. As for me, I always prefer a subtitled film. Still, despite these shortcomings, this is a very good action and father-daughter film--worth your time especially for Reno's seemingly effortless performance.

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 7 / 10

Quirky comedy with the excellent Jean Reno

WASABI is a difficult film to describe. It's like a comedy version of LEON, but then it's not. It's a French film, but most of it is set in Japan and it's about the Japanese. It has action, but it's not an action film. I guess this would best be described as a quirky comedy. I usually hate comedies, but I loved this one, so that's saying something. The biggest draw is the presence of Jean Reno playing a tough, sentimental cop. The role seems to have been written for him, because it fits him like a glove, and he's absolutely superb. His comic timing is impeccable and the way he underplays the humour could teach the likes of Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers a thing or two.

In the film, Reno is forced to hang around with a Japanese girl, played by the equally excellent Ryoko Hirosue. This unlikely collaboration is the subject of plenty of laughs as we witness Reno forced to go shopping and hang out at an arcade, where he has a go on a dance mat (for me, the film's highlight). There are some Japanese Yakuza thrown in too, but the action scenes are played for laughs rather than thrills; we witness Reno taking them out in a clothing store and using a golf club to cause some serious pain. Reno is effortlessly cool throughout this, and Michel Muller, as his comic foil, is also surprisingly funny. Things end with a big bank heist climax, which isn't perfect but still fun.

In essence, this is what happens when a good script is paired with fine actors. The laughs are genuine rather than forced, and even the more surreal touches – like Reno's opponents flying through the air when he punches them – work without becoming irritating. I rate this one highly.

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