Wasabi

Luc Besson is an odd duck. This is the man who brought us Leon, (aka The Professional) an excellent film. He is also the man who brought us The Fifth Element, a less than stellar film. Besides directing these, he has been involved with a large number of other films, some good and some that are not so good.

Recently, I watched a film that he produced, Wasabi, which has been called “Quite Possibly The Greatest French-Language, English-Subtitled, Japanese Action-Comedy Of All Time.” Seeing as it is the only movie of which I am aware that fits into such a lengthily titled category, I’d be inclined to agree. And it isn’t a bad movie. It’s certainly not one to take seriously, and if you think about it too hard, the plot comes apart like a Lego™ construction that has been tossed up into a ceiling fan set on high. (Which is fun, but you should never do this when your mother is home.) And, as my wife pointed out, despite the ludicrous premise, the movie itself is rather straightforward with a distinct lack of twists. I’d recommend it.

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