The Chinese Feast (Jin yu man tang) (1995)





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With a marvelously convoluted plot and featuring plenty of slapstick action, Chinese Feast is essentially a kung-fu film with a tasty twist: the combatants battle with knives, not to carve each other up but to make exquisite culinary delicacies. The story's impetus comes from a long-standing feud between cooking schools and centers on an upcoming cook-off in which two master chefs compete to present the most delicious version of the Qing & Han Imperial Feast staples -- monkey brains, bear paw, and elephant trunk. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Romance
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A solid and enjoyable human drama from Tsui Hark. I can feel the atmosphere that directors, stuff, and actors are all having fun making this film. Leslie Cheung and Anita Yuen is another great combination made by Tsui Hark (following the combination of Nicky Wu and Charlie Yeung). Good to see other familiar faces in Hark's movies like Kenny Bee and Chiu Man-Cheuk. I love the optmistic, happy ending! Hark makes another film called "Tri-Star" right after this one with the Leslie Cheung and Anita Yuen combination. It is comical, heart-warming love story between a priest and a prostitute. You should check out this one too. "Tri-Star" (1996) - 3 Stars (of course)

Naoya Kugimiya
Naoya Kugimiya

Tsui Hark's popular 1995 Lunar New Year comedy is cute, yes, but too often just as aggravatingly nonsensical -- even for this brand of seasonal fluff -- when it has all the right ingredients and plenty of talented chefs to be far more comforting. This is not to say that "The Chinese Feast" doesn't look good: the cast is seasoned, the photography is crisp, and the lengths the chefs go to transcend one another during a traditional three day gourmet slam is almost enough to make the film a thoroughly enjoyable slice of culinary cinema.

Adam Laidig
Adam Laidig

Very cool 1995 effort from Tsui Hark. Leslie Cheung delivers an awesome performance, and the so, so, SO hot Anita Yuen has bright red/green punk rock hair! This is a movie where the food is just as much of a character as the actors- if that makes any sense. The prep scenes are beautiful, and manages to convey in a competitive sense what, say, a kung fu fight would in a Sammo film or shoot out would in a John Woo film. This is one of those movies that was made for people who just adore movies in general, not fans of a specific niche or genre. Recommended to anyone who loves movies.

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