Wasabi (2001)

Suspended from the force, Paris cop Hubert is summoned to Tokyo when his former lover Miko dies. Upon arriving, Hubert discovers he is to be the legal guardian for Miko's teen daughter Yumi. As Hubert begins to investigate the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 27, 2001
DVD Release Date: February 11, 2003
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Critic Score: 43% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Judith Prescott
Hollywood Reporter

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

Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

Michael Dequina

There's little tension as Reno's character is one of those invincible heroes that we haven't seen much of since the '80s.

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Matt Weitz
Dallas Morning News

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

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Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper

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


I keep renting Jean Reno films and I'm beginning to forget why I started doing so.

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Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times

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.

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Moira MacDonald
Seattle Times

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.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...as far as action flicks go, you could do worse.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Al S
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… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
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… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
JY Skacto
A great combination of French and Japanese rolled into one. Not as professional as <i>Leon: The Professional</i>, but just as… More
Cassandra Maples
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… More
Aaron Neuwirth
Over-the-top on purpose with Reno in full cool mode throughout.

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