Posted by: steveonfilm | April 30, 2010

Movie Review: Wasabi

This is going to be a quick one.

If you’re into French language, English-subtitled, Japanese action-comedies, then “Wasabi” is the movie for you.

I was in the mood to watch some sort of a shoot ’em up tonight, and noticed that I had a Jean Reno movie in my Netflix queue, I’ve been a fan of his since The Professional, that was written by Luc Besson (who also penned and directed on of my favorite movies of all time, The 5th Element).

This was a win-win for me.

And the movie delivered.

Hubert is a French policeman who does thing old school (think Dirty Harry old school). He receives notice that his estranged Japanese ex-wife has passed away, leaving him everything in her estate. Hubert travels to Japan where he meets Yumi, the daughter he didn’t know he had, and finds out his ex-wife had about 200 million dollars in the bank.

Noticing something amiss at his ex-wife’s funeral, Hubert teams up with his old friend Momo, who he worked with back in French Intelligence, and attempts to get to the bottom of what is going on.

And as I like to say, shenanigans ensue.

This was a smart, funny, action-comedy that was really enjoyable to watch. While the action was less than I had been looking for, the clever story, quick dialog, and interesting characters more than made up for it.

If you get some time, check it out for yourself.

-Steve

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