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The God of Cookery (1996)

The God of Cookery





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Fans of the Iron Chef and kung-fu films may enjoy this flamboyant and outrageous comedy starring flamboyant Hong Kong funnyman Stephen Chiau. Shifting tones from surreal to hilarious and often combining both as the film progresses, its schizophrenic sensibilities and irreverent humor lend to its bizarre kung-fu film meets master chef film story line. Though the film parodies many standard elements and characterizations present in Hong Kong films, viewers need not be familiar with these staples to enjoy the film's absurd and razor sharp humor. Chiau plays the character of the overwhelmingly despicable and weasely God of Cookery to the hilt, gaining power-mad pleasure by humiliating and embarrassing any and all whose culinary skills he sees as lesser (or greater for that matter) than his own, until his inevitable fall from grace after a shady business deal. Playing the role of a pathetic has-been with equal zeal, Chiau actually manages to mold the previous monster into a sympathetic has-been, making his efforts to regain his rightful title an amusing and hilarious uphill battle. The final exhilarating culinary face-off -- in which he struggles against his former protégé turned backstabbing adversary -- must be seen to be believed, becoming a hyper-stylized battle in which egos flare and spatulas fly.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By: , , , ,
Written By: Stephen Chow, Tsang Ken-cheong, Lou Man-Sang
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On DVD: Oct 27, 1998

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All Critics (6) | Top Critics (2)

Full Review… | March 5, 2011
Top Critic

Full Review… | May 15, 2004
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

While it lacks the focus and polish of his more recent (and wildly popular) Shaolin Soccer, it is a mostly funny piece that only occasionally overstays its welcome

Full Review… | March 13, 2004

April 7, 2005
Los Angeles CityBeat

January 29, 2004

Full Review… | March 10, 2003
Austin Chronicle

Audience Reviews for The God of Cookery

This is how iron chef should be done.

Tsubaki Sanjuro

Super Reviewer

What Stephen Chow got up to before the rest of the world discovered him. Chow directs and stars as The God of Cookery, exposed as a fraud, who then has to claw his way back from the bottom. Very very silly, stupid even, with heart.

Lesley N

Super Reviewer


Hilarious and weird Chow flick. Love those pissing beef balls and the monks kick ass... again and again.

Christopher Brown

Super Reviewer

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