Fruit Chan / HK / 2004 / 91'
Pauline Lau, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Bai Ling / Digital / OV CANT / FR SUB
Former TV actress Qing dreams, like many others, of eternal youth. Thanks to her well-off husband, she has the financial means to buy herself beauty. In her search for the ultimate youth serum, she meets the mysterious cook Mei. This retired gynecologist is known for her miraculous dumplings which she sells to a close-knit circle of rich costumers. Whoever eats them will never suffer the woes of old age, all thanks to the unique ingredients Mei uses for her special dishes… The Hong Kong Director Fruit Chan delivers an unparalleled critique of the violations of moral values in the name of good looks. His vision of the modern cult to beauty is marked by primitive barbarism. Cameraman Christophe Doyle, known for his work with Wong Kar Wai and for Zhang Yimou’s film Hero, captures the horror unfolding in captivating and masterful shots.