The Chinese Feast (1995)

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Weak first half hour, but settles down into a great movie
Reviewed by Simon on 2001-10-21

Tsui Hark comedy about cooking. The first half hour was very confusing and random (teeny tiny subtitles didn't help), but it all basically served to get Leslie Cheung working in a restaurant where the owner is challenged to a competition to make the grand "Han Feast", an 18 course banquet made of ultra-rare ingredients that only a few chefs in the world are capable of.

The movie has a lot in common with God Of Cookery (which came later), and is just as good a movie (after the first half hour). Tsui Hark directs a good comedy piece, with very stylish cooking sequences and good performances from the cast.