This Is Not What I Expected (2017)



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Lu Jin (Takeshi Kaneshiro) is a handsome, wealthy hotel executive whose drive for perfection is matched only by his taste for fine cuisine. When he checks into the Rosebud, he's dissatisfied with everything he sees and is ready to take action... until flamboyant female sous chef Gu Shengnan (Zhou Dongyu) creates what may be a perfect meal. Now, these bitter rivals find themselves brought together in the kitchen in this light-hearted romantic comedy, infused with fun and flavors to create a delicious dish that foodies around the world wouldn't dare to miss.

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Critic Reviews for This Is Not What I Expected

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (3)

Despite the strenuous efforts of all concerned, the love story at the film's core never seems credible.

May 9, 2017 | Full Review…

The mismatched couple at its center simply don't belong together, no matter how hard writer-director Derek Hui works to convince us otherwise.

May 4, 2017 | Full Review…

From the sizzling griddle that opens the story to a hallucinogenic trip triggered by blowfish toxin, this engagingly goofy romantic comedy speaks the international language of food.

May 4, 2017 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Bright, sparkly and light-hearted, it's the equivalent of cinematic comfort food.

May 31, 2017 | Full Review…

Between the food porn and all the scenes of the hunky Kaneshiro looking dapper in perfectly tailored suits, there is more than enough going on onscreen for audiences to drool over.

May 10, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A quirky yet predictable film made special by its reverence for inspired cooking, the directorial debut of Hong Kong editor Derek Hui is more food porn than romantic comedy.

May 3, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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