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Magic Kitchen (2004)

Moh waan chue fong (original title)
Yau is on the lookout for love in modern day Hong Kong in spite of her family curse

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Chi-Ngai Lee

Writer:

Chi-Ngai Lee
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sheila Chan ... Yau's Mom
Sammi Cheng ... Yau
Nicola Cheung ... Kwai
Stephen Fung ... Joseph
Asuka Higuchi Asuka Higuchi ... King Chef Show Host
Clarence Hui
Vincent Kok
Zac Koo Zac Koo ... Hotel registration clerk
Andy Lau ... Chuen Yao
Kar-Ying Law ... Yau's Dad
Wai-Guen Law ... (as Wai Keung Law)
Lik-Chi Lee
Teddy Lin
Maggie Q ... May
William Wing Hong So
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Storyline

Yau is on the lookout for love in modern day Hong Kong in spite of her family curse

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Genres:

Romance | Comedy

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

15 January 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Magic Kitchen See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,578,656
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Soundtracks

Flirting
Composed by Chet Lam
Lyrics by Wyman Wong
Arranged by Edward Chan & Charles Lee
Performed by Sammi Cheng
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a pleasant evening
5 September 2005 | by pearlkspSee all my reviews

Magic Kitchen (Moh waan chue fong) has got a cast of beautiful people and a fun convoluted plot told in flashbacks from a few times, moods and perspectives. You will either love or hate that way of telling a story.

It is a story of how a circle of lifetime friends from kindergarten support each other and negotiate the sticky points of being adult and in the search for a partner or true love. It doesn't fit squarely into drama, comedy or romance genres, while having moments for all of them. While it makes social commentary on this age's shape of love and dating relationships, it is light, falling just short of fluffy.

It is sort of a watered down version of Like Water for Chocolate so far as the aspects of chef and cooking goes. The movie has definite parallels to the movie Woman on Top, with a chef, quirky unexpected plot turns, the bit of the surreal, and a woman who would be ditsy if she weren't so loved and smart. I liked this one better than the Penelope Cruz one because Magic Kitchen struck me as having far more believable characters, less sanitized view of choices in relationships, with less of a pat fairytale ending.

It's soundtrack isn't intrusive. It's cinematography doesn't take center stage but these things are considered. In the subtitles, it would have been handy in a couple places if the print on screen would have been translated not only the spoken words.


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