Wasabi (2001)



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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 -- … More

Rating: R (some violence)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Luc Besson
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 11, 2003
Columbia Pictures - Official Site


as Hubert Fiorentini

as Yumi Yoshimido

as Jean-Baptiste No. 1

as Jean-Baptiste No. 2

as Takanawa

as Ishibashi

as Young Banker

as Customs Officer No.1

as Customs Officer No.2

as Trinity Bank Secreta...

as Police Chief's Son

as Flight Attendant

as Rebel No.1

as Rebel No.2

as Ishibashi's Secretar...
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Critic Reviews for Wasabi

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (17)

The movie fails to live up to the sum of its parts.

February 5, 2003
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

The film is a contrivance, as artificial as the video games Japanese teens play in a nightclub sequence, but it's an enjoyable one.

Full Review… | November 14, 2002
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Reno does what he can in a thankless situation, the film ricochets from humor to violence and back again, and Ryoko Hirosue makes us wonder if she is always like that.

Full Review… | October 20, 2002
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Like being trapped inside a huge video game, where exciting, inane images keep popping past your head and the same illogical things keep happening over and over again.

Full Review… | October 17, 2002
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

One scarcely needs the subtitles to enjoy this colorful action farce.

Full Review… | October 7, 2002
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Wasabi is slight fare indeed, with the entire project having the feel of something tossed off quickly (like one of Hubert's punches), but it should go down smoothly enough with popcorn.

Full Review… | October 4, 2002
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Wasabi

A fresh, dazzling, cool, original and wickedly fun film. A outrageously funny and action-packed comedy. It has great laughs for everybody, wild action and terrific characters. Writer/producer, Luc Besson creates a wonderfully tasteful and energetic flick filled with lots of action, plenty of comedy and tremendous excitement. A full-throttle joy-ride from start to finish that dose not let up. Jean Reno and Michel Muller are terrific, they are a wacky and lovable buddy team. A classic action-comedy that you will love to watch again and again.

Al S

Super Reviewer

Jean Reno and Ryoko Hirosue are a Pair made for this movie. I'm becoming more and more an Jean Reno Fan with each movie I see him in. A great actor and plays the roll of a crooked cop to the T. This one is exciting and has a number of funny parts and the sound track would be enjoyable. Action throughout the film. Need to see Reno play more of these type parts and need a sequel to this one. 5 Stars

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

Well, first off, it's got Luc Besson associated with it. That gives it promise. Then it's got one of my favourite actors in it, Jean Reno. That helps it deliver.

Jean Reno is a retired French commando who has become a Paris policeman. Unfortunately, he still tends to use Dirty Harry techniques. This gets him suspended. Then he finds out the lost love of his life has passed away, and he is the sole person mentioned in her will, so he goes to Tokyo for the funeral. There he finds out why she left him, and... other things, about her past that he did not know.

From there the movie heads off into typical Luc Besson territory, as something which should have been simple turns into something complicated. Not a film for someone looking for a brooding, deeply thoughtful flick, just a nice, fun, roller coaster.

Well-cast, well-written, well-produced, and well-directed. With a stronger comic touch, it's probably the weakest of his action flicks, but, with Luc Besson, that's still better than the best of most others.

If you liked The Transporter, you should enjoy this one, too.

Cassandra Maples

Super Reviewer

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