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10 Chinese Cuisine Films for Foodies

Feasts for your viewing pleasure

04·22·2013

10 Chinese Cuisine Films for Foodies

Feasts for your viewing pleasure

04·22·2013

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.

eat drink man woman

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.

god of cookery

 

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.

the chinese feast

 

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.

meilongzhen

 

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. 

flavor of happiness

 

6. Deadly Delicious 双食记

Starring Francis Ng, Nan Yu, and Yiyan Jiang. How women use delicious food to conspire and seek revenge. 

deadly delicious

 

7. Xiao Xiao De Yue Lou 小小得月楼

A 1983 film that features Suzhou cuisine, in the beautiful city of Suzhou.

deyuelou

 

8. Flowery March 烟花三月

flowery march

 

9. Peking Duck Restaurant 老店

Starring You GeTells 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).

peking duck restaurant

 

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.

chineserestaurant

 

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.