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Keeps digging and digging until it has not only solved the enigma of this particular dish but cast a light on an entire secret chronology of food, immigrant culture, and the way the two amplify each other.
Cheney (who worked on the unforgettable "King Corn"), obviously had a good time collecting their testimony, though he tends to side with the idea that the only authenticity is deliciousness.
At just over an hour, it's a surprisingly satisfying and tasty dish for anyone looking for something a bit less bland than the typical history documentary.
A culinary and cultural odyssey that ultimately has much more on its plate than that spicy-sweet-crispy chicken.
Mr. Cheney's movie, while teasing at times, does its celebrating and debunking in mild-mannered fashion, making points without seeming to try to score them.
You may well emerge from "The Search for General Tso" with a hankering for the titular spicy dish.
Not only has Cheney made something that tantalizes the tastebuds, but it's good for you too.
The Search for General Tso is also a history of the Chinese immigrant experience in America, as the way into the hearts of xenophobic white Americans was through their stomachs.
You sort of expect The Search for General Tso to be quixotic, but Cheney answers all his questions, establishing a definitive history of the crispy chicken menu item.
The Search For General Tso reveals everything you need to know about the Americanized dish, tempting your tastebuds while sneakily teaching a history lesson or two along the way.
Cheney's documentary perfectly pairs mouth-watering food imagery with the fascinating history of a little-considered cultural phenomenon.
Surprisingly insightful, suspenseful and amusing. You'll never look at General Tso's Chicken the same way again.
Although it does come off as brief and superficial like a TV special (or Netflix special?), this documentary is enjoyable food porn and is a lot more interesting when telling us about the history of Chinese-American food than trying to find out who this elusive General Tso was.
The film doesn't establish any definitive conclusions about its subject, instead leaving the surprisingly thought-provoking matter of evaluating the implications of the titular chicken dish to the viewer. The result is an impressively meaty (no pun intended) documentary experience.
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