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. … More
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Critic Reviews for Wasabi
The movie fails to live up to the sum of its parts.
The film is a contrivance, as artificial as the video games Japanese teens play in a nightclub sequence, but it's an enjoyable one.
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.
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.
One scarcely needs the subtitles to enjoy this colorful action farce.
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.
There's little tension as Reno's character is one of those invincible heroes that we haven't seen much of since the '80s.
I keep renting Jean Reno films and I'm beginning to forget why I started doing so.
Action star (and fine dramatic actor) Jean Reno has fallen prey to the Action Comedy conceit and the result is the periodically entertaining, generally tiresome Wasabi.
Wasabi is one of the best times I've had lately enjoying a movie that has no regard for a plot.
Been there, done that, liked it much better the first time around - when it was called The Professional.
If you sometimes like to go to the movies to have fun, Wasabi is a good place to start.
A lightweight, uneven action comedy that freely mingles French, Japanese and Hollywood cultures.
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.More
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 StarsMore
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.
Trying to reproduce the Leon formula "team up Jean reno with a cute little girl and make him kill people" It should work right? but here it doesn't. Way too corny and cheesy, and the girl was actually quite annoying.More
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