Well, I’ve gotten WAY behind on my netflix movie reviews thanks to how busy I’ve been but likewise Im not sure if you guy’s would enjoy what I’ve been watching. Half of it is too violent (natural born killers) and half of it is too foreign (samurai fiction, akira kurosawas dreams, the bicycle thief).
Either way a recent trip to china town provided me with a bunch of great martial arts movies (kung fu hustle, ong bak, hero, house of flying daggers and the god of cookery) and well one REALLY stands out. It’s a Steven Chow movie (the director loves to do absurd special effects packed farces) about cooking.
The main character (played by Chow) is a SUPER stuck up and just plain mean chef known worldwide as “the god of cookery”. He goes around casting horrible insults at some of the worlds finest cuisine but he hides a secret… he himself has no formal training. Eventually this fact is exposed to the world by his “humble assistant” who turns out to be a master chef and usurps the “good of cookery” title for himself.
Our hero ends up doing time for serving tainted beef (on that one account he is framed) and must learn how to be humble and cook for real once he is released from prison, forming an pact with a slightly disfigured street vendor who used to be his #1 fan. By the time the movie reaches its end you’ve seen cooking, dancing, kung fu, TONS of lowbrow humor and even a weird music scene sung by the street vendor character (and romantic interest). Also it’s got TONS of really off the wall kung fu movie references, such as the “18 bronze men of shoaling” who keep beating our hero nearly to death.
I really recommend you guy’s look into seeing this film… it’s definatly weird and all but probably available at your local “Chinatown” or on the internet. Some pics:
The movies cover
Every ones favorite "tough as nails" street vendor.
Comence the high heat, kung fu culinary action!!!
Like I said, the hero is SO not a nice guy.
The master in action