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Dumplings (2004)

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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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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 Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

½

"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 Bruce
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

½

Two pieces of advice to anyone who has not seen this movie - 1. Do not watch it when you are eating. 2. Do not watch it when you are pregnant. And as someone who watched it whilst both pregnant and eating, my third piece of advice would be to NEVER do the two together.

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