Call for papers in Barcelona and Help

Jim Harper jimharper666 at
Wed Jan 18 15:35:12 EST 2006

Well, it's what you can expect from a Luc Besson production (lots of action and dumb comedy). If you didn't like Taxi or Transporter, you probably won't like Wasabi ;)
  Besson's EuropaCorps and Canal+ are the main companies, but there are a few Japanese production companies listed in the credits, so it seems to be the genuine article.

Ariane Beldi <ariane.beldi at> wrote:
      Really? When it came out in France (and Switzerland), if I remember well, many critics were pretty negative about it. I guess, I'll have to give it a try...Is it really a Japanese-French co-production, or just a French production using some Japanese actors? That is my souvenir from the ads they ran when the movies came out.
  Ariane Beldi
  Geneva, Switzerland 

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  On a coincidental note, I'm just watching 'Wasabi', a Japanese-French co-production. It's very much a pop culture view of Japan, but it's a Luc Besson production starring Jean Reno, which means it's probably one of the most high-profile European-Japanese co-productions of recent years.

  Dear kinejaps:

Some of you (the European above all) might know an interesting
Call for Papers about "Cine Europeo Contemporáneo" (Second International
Congress on Contemporary European Cinema) to celebrate next June in
Barcelona ( 

I was there last year and it was quite interesting. May be I'm
coming again this year. I'd like to make something about relationships
or interaction b! etween European and Japanese (Eastern) contemporary
cinema so, what comes to your mind? Any particular ideas about movies,
books, webs, etc., that could help me? 

Thanks in advance.

Lorenzo J. Torres
Universidad Rey Juan Carlos
Madrid, Spain
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