Are you a foodie? Do you love Chinese cuisine? Every Chinese is proud of culinary arts as national heritage. While a Chinese person might move to another country, they will never give up Chinese food.
An essential term about Chinese cuisine is 八大菜系 (eight culinary traditions of China by region), which are: the Yue Cuisine (粤菜), the Chuan Cuisine (川菜), the Hui Cuisine (徽菜), the Lu Cuisine (鲁菜), the Min Cuisine (闽菜), the Su Cuisine (苏菜), the Xiang Cuisine (湘菜), and the Zhe Cuisine (浙菜).
If you don’t mind your mouth watering when watching cinema, be sure to check out these 10 flavorful films below!
1. Eat Drink Man Woman 饮食男女
Directed by Ang Lee. Great cinematography, amazing shots of the cooking processes.
2. The God of Cookery 食神
Starring Stephen Chow and Karen Mok. A classic Cantonese comedy, with a drop of sarcasm on the food industry.
3. The Chinese Feast 金玉满堂
Directed by Tsui Hark 徐克, starring Leslie Cheung and Anita Yuen. A comedy that hits the climax during the Manchu Han Imperial Feast (满汉全席) culinary competition.
4. The Proud of Mei Long Town / Four Chefs and a Feast 春风得意梅龙镇
Starring King Shih-Chieh, Sihung Lung, and Jordan Chan Siu-Chun. A film that tells the restoration of a Shanghainese restaurant, featuring Shanghai cuisine.
5. Flavor of Happiness 幸福的馨香
Directed by Mitsuhiro Mihara. A Japanese film that tells the story that happens at a family-style Shanghainese restaurant.
6. Deadly Delicious 双食记
Starring Francis Ng, Nan Yu, and Yiyan Jiang. How women use delicious food to conspire and seek revenge.
7. Xiao Xiao De Yue Lou 小小得月楼
A 1983 film that features Suzhou cuisine, in the beautiful city of Suzhou.
8. Flowery March 烟花三月
9. Peking Duck Restaurant 老店
Starring You Ge. Tells the story of the Beijing restaurant 全聚德, famous for its Peking Duck (But Peking Duck is not the only dish that Beijing cuisine offers).
10. The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World, BBC Four documentary
A documentary on West Lake Restaurant in Changsha, Hunan province. The restaurant boasts itself as the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world, with 1,000 staff and 5,000 tables.
You may also want to check out A Bite of China 舌尖上的中国, a 7-episode TV series that offers a comprehensive view of Chinese cuisine, and Tasting Treasures of China 中国美食探秘, an 8-episode series that touches on the more detailed aspects of Chinese culinary arts.