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(Hong Kong Edition)

Title Information:
International: Wasabi
Japanese: わさび
La Petite moutarde qui monte au nez
Translation: The Japanese Dip That Kicks Like a Mule
Chinese: 青芥刑警
Mandarin: qing jie xing jing
Cantonese: cheng gaai ying ging
Translation: Green Mustard Vigilante
DVD Information:
Genre: Action, Comedy
Video: • Widescreen (16:9) Letter Box
• 720x480 pixel resolution
• Region 3 NTSC
• 94 Minutes
• Color
• 2001 Production
• Rated IIA for violence, langauge
Audio: • French DTS
• French 5.1 Surround
Subtitle: • Chinese
• English
Interface: • Animated menus
• 5-Point chapter division
• Chinese / English bilingual menus
Released: 2002 (Hong Kong)
Publisher: Winson Entertainment Distribution Ltd.
Packaging: Keepcase
List Price: US$12.99
I Paid: US$11.99 + 1.33 S&H
Video Cover

Special Features:
• None
• For some strange reason, this disk plays perfectly on my parents' crappy $30 Region 1 DVD player (CLASSIC DVD41S), but won't play at all on other Region 1 players.

Starring:  Jean Reno, Ryoko Hirosue, Michel Muller, Carole Bouquet, Ludovic Berthillot, and Yan Epstein
Director:  Gιrard Krawczyk
Original Description:
Paris. Hubert (Jean Reno) is a worst headache for the police station as he always proceeds the investigation rather forcibly. And finally he is ordered to refrain from his work. He is so blunt and unsociable that he doesn't even have many friends much less a girlfriend. One day, he gets a call from Tokyo and learns that Miko has died. Miko is the only woman he has ever loved in his life. It has been 19 years since he left Japan and he decides to go there with the memory of Miko in his heart. But he never knows what is waiting for him; he is about to encounter Yumi (Ryoko Hirosue), a mysterious beautiful girl and a trap of a huge web of the dangerous crime organization.
I really liked this movie. American critics were harsh, but a lot of people loved it. Jean Reno's no Jackie Chan, but he's still quite popular over here.
I don't know French, but it looks to me like Japanese pop idol Ryoko Hirosue really was speaking the language, and quite well, too. (I think some of the other Japanese actors sounded like they were just reciting memorized lines.)
Haha, the best way to annoy the French is to speak non-French on their turf, and I went and submitted a review for Wasabi in English at Amazon France. I think they threw it away...

My Score:  10/10
The cross-dresser bank heist  Kono hito wa, dare desu ka?  Shopping with a girl  I like BIG weapons!  Hubert playing Dance Dance Revolution  Mm...Wasabi  Uh, oh...the grenade pin is missing...

Where to buy Wasabi: YesAsia HK Flix
United States Edition French Edition United Kingdom Edition Japanese Edition Hong Kong Edition Korean Edition Hong Kong Edition
US French UK Japanese HK Korean HK

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