Dumplings

2004

Dumplings

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A former soap opera actress decides to eat a Mainland woman's special dumplings in her quest to obtain eternal youth. Trashy Mainland immigrant Mei is a former singer-turned-doctor-turned-abortionist whose patented dumplings provide a lifeline for Qing, a retired actress whose marriage to businessman Li has sexually stalled. What's now clear is that Li himself, who eats eggs containing chicken fetuses, is equally obsessed with maintaining his sexual allure. This leads him to also seek out Mei's services, with surprising results.

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Cast

Wong Sum Yeung
as Old Hairdresser
Meme Tian
as Connie
Pauline Lau
as Masseuse
Wu Wai Man
as Mel's Nurse Friend
Ho Chak Man
as Wang, Suo-Yi
Wong So-fun
as Kate's Mother
Ho Fung Chuk
as High Society Woman
Chan Wai Ling
as High Society Woman
Pang Hoi Kwan
as High Society Woman
Yeung Suk Hing
as High Society Woman
Mary Yeung
as High Society Woman
Mary Poon
as High Society Woman
Ivy Lau
as High Society Woman
Peggy Lok
as High Society Woman
Grace Choi
as High Society Woman
Yao Ko Yiu
as Yao Ko Yiu
Fung Yuen Keung
as Fung Yuen Keung
Peter Wong
as Family Doctor
Yai Kai Piu
as Gynaecologist
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Critic Reviews for Dumplings

All Critics (3)

  • The strong horror element of this fascinating film is added by the detached narrative stance, supported by the sumptuous colors of Chris Doyle's photography. Eat before you watch.

    Apr 25, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Dumplings

  • Jun 19, 2014
    Fruit Chan crafts a queasy, unsettling film about vanity and obsession using an exemplary sound design to evoke tension from a really unusual premise. Still, it has problems in the editing, while the parts don't seem to add up to an exactly satisfying whole.
    Carlos M Super Reviewer
  • Feb 21, 2014
    "Dumplings" tells the tale of a former doctor, who operates a dumpling shop from her home with a secret youth creating ingredient. A former actress, past her prime seeks out this special food created by Aunt Mei in order to attract her adulterous husband's attention. Fruit Chan makes no attempt to imply or hide the secret ingredient from the audience, but rather lays out the premise from the beginning, while increasing the graphic details throughout the film. This film explores some disturbingly probable themes, especially how far people will go to reclaim their youth, and the emphasis society places on looking young. He manages to explore the repercussions of this quest for youth, while still leaving some details up to the interpretation of the viewer. The film is exquisitely shot, with some amazing angles and close-ups surrounded by beautiful cinematography, and set design. He manages to bring the viewer into the world of the characters making the theme all the more real and disturbing. Fruit Chan accomplishes this realism by juxtaposing Aunt Mei's blunt and complacent attitude with Mrs. Li's deterioration into desperation. Definitely not for the squeamish, or easily disturbed. To some this topic will be upsetting. However, for those who like something a little different, or fans of such directors as takashi miike or chan wook park, you will love it. I enjoyed it thoroughly. 3 1/2 Stars 2-19-14
    Bruce B Super Reviewer
  • Nov 11, 2012
    Fruit Chan's Dumplings, while not the best segment of the fantastic anthology horror film Three...Extremes, is probably the one that the people who saw it remember the most because of its bizarre and disturbing premise - which involved a woman who tried a different kind of specially-made dumpling in an attempt to preserve her beauty and win back her neglectant husband. Now this story has been adapted into a 90 minute feature film that expands upon the story without necessarily improving this. I say this because the added material tends to drag the film on and on at some points, but without taking away the entertainment value. I like it for its oddity and unique idea, but the execution is just a little too conventional. It's not terrible (not even close), but it's not essential either. I'd stick to the 3...Extremes cut; but this one ain't too bad.
    Ryan M Super Reviewer
  • Nov 05, 2011
    "Vanity comes at a high price" is the suggested tagline. Small budgets often are the inspiration for filmmakers to substitute the lack of financial resources (which actually has never mattered cinematically, but oh well...) with talent, with ideas displayed with convincing emphasis. Thumb up. 75/100 P.S. This is my prefered version for the reasons of character development and pacing, the main elements which are normally the most affected in a 'chop-off' process.
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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