6.8/10
7,173
36 user 63 critic

Dumplings (2004)

Jiao zi (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Horror | 19 August 2004 (Hong Kong)
In Hong Kong, Aunt Mei is a cook famous for her home-made rejuvenation dumplings, based on a millenarian recipe prepared with a mysterious ingredient that she brings directly from China. ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(as Lillian Lee)
Reviews

Watch Now

$0.00 (SD) with Prime Video

2 wins. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An Asian cross-cultural trilogy of horror films from accomplished indie directors.

Directors: Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Bai Ling, Byung-hun Lee, Kyoko Hasegawa
3 Extremes II (2002)
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Three constitutes an omnibus package of three short horror films made by Asian directors. "Memories," made by Kim Ji-Woon, is about a woman (Kim Hye-Soo) who disappears from the home she ... See full summary »

Directors: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Jee-woon Kim, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Leon Lai, Hye-su Kim, Bo-seok Jeong
Audition (1999)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A widower takes an offer to screen girls at a special audition, arranged for him by a friend to find him a new wife. The one he fancies is not who she appears to be after all.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Eihi Shiina, Tetsu Sawaki
Suicide Club (2001)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A detective is trying to find the cause of a string of suicides.

Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Ryo Ishibashi, Masatoshi Nagase, Mai Hosho
Visitor Q (Video 2001)
Comedy | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A troubled and perverted family find their lives intruded by a mysterious stranger who seems to help find a balance in their disturbing natures.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Ken'ichi Endô, Shungiku Uchida, Kazushi Watanabe
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

As sadomasochistic yakuza enforcer Kakihara searches for his missing boss he comes across Ichi, a repressed and psychotic killer who may be able to inflict levels of pain that Kakihara has only dreamed of.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Nao Ohmori, Shin'ya Tsukamoto
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The erotic novelist Taeko is writing a morbid story of a family destroyed by incest, murder and abuse. Her assistant, Yuji, sets on a mission to uncover the reality of this story, but the reality might be too much to bear.

Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Masumi Miyazaki, Issei Ishida, Rie Kuwana
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A family is haunted by the tragedies of deaths within the family.

Director: Jee-woon Kim
Stars: Kap-su Kim, Jung-ah Yum, Su-jeong Lim
The Eye (2002)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A blind girl gets a cornea transplant so that she would be able to see again. However, she got more than what she bargained for when she realized she could even see ghosts.

Directors: Danny Pang, Oxide Chun Pang
Stars: Angelica Lee, Chutcha Rujinanon, Lawrence Chou
Dark Water (2002)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A mother and her 6 year old daughter move into a creepy apartment whose every surface is permeated by water.

Director: Hideo Nakata
Stars: Hitomi Kuroki, Rio Kanno, Mirei Oguchi
Gozu (2003)
Crime | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A yakuza enforcer is ordered to secretly drive his beloved colleague to be assassinated. But when the colleague unceremoniously disappears en route, the trip that follows is a twisted, surreal and horrifying experience.

Director: Takashi Miike
Stars: Yûta Sone, Shô Aikawa, Kimika Yoshino
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A teenager called Noriko Shimabara runs away from her family in Tokoyama, to meet Kumiko, the leader of an Internet BBS, Haikyo.com. She becomes involved with Kumiko's "family circle", ... See full summary »

Director: Sion Sono
Stars: Kazue Fukiishi, Tsugumi, Yuriko Yoshitaka
Edit

Cast

Credited cast:
Pauline Lau ...
Masseuse
...
Mr. Li (as Tony Ka-Fai Leung)
...
Mei, the cook
Meme Tian ...
Connie (as Meme)
So-Foon Wong ...
Kate's mother
Miki Yeung ...
Kate
...
Edit

Storyline

In Hong Kong, Aunt Mei is a cook famous for her home-made rejuvenation dumplings, based on a millenarian recipe prepared with a mysterious ingredient that she brings directly from China. The former TV star Mrs. Li visits Mei aiming her dumplings to recover her youth and become attractive again to her wolf husband Mr. Li. Along the sessions, Mei tells Mrs. Li that she was a gynecologist in China with more than 30,000 abortions along ten years. When Mrs. Li requests an acceleration of the process, the opportunity comes when a fifteen years old teenager with a five months incestuous pregnancy comes with her mother and asks Mei to make an abortion. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Horror

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

|

Release Date:

19 August 2004 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Dumplings  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Spawned from the short Dumplings from the Asian cross-cultural trilogy Three... Extremes (2004). Includes the same director and star. See more »

Connections

Edited from Three... Extremes (2004) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
They do anything to stay young and pretty!
23 April 2006 | by (Lisbon, Portugal) – See all my reviews

There are things you can't believe people just do to achieve something important to them. This, I think, I call obsession. And what is obsession? I define it as an irrational motive for performing trivial or inchoerent and compulsive actions against everyone's will. A psychological feature that is inconsistent with reason or logic.

And that's what this movie is about: To remain beautiful and young, a woman embarks in a sick and disgusting taste for a repugnant menu... Dumplings as they say... but really they're more than that!

This remind me of Erzsébet Báthory, Countess of Transylvania during the XVII century, when she firmly believed that if she bathed in the blood of young virgins she could be young and healthy forever.

"Dumplings" is uncomfortable, nauseous but captivating at the same time. The story of Ching Lee (Miriam Yeung), retired TV actress, who goes into the moral's depths of pursuing the eternal youth. With her betraying husband (Tony Leung Ka Fai) and the underground female chef Mei (Bai Ling), the critic goes far beyond the main subject, talking about, ironically, the narcissist impulses and the birth control in China as in the superfluous and pointless today's society way of living.

The movie is a spiral between revenge, betrayal, obsession and frustration with some vile and loathsome graphical scenes that should, undoubtedly, be offensive for the sensible ones.

Rather than be just a shocking film, Fruit Chan, the director, constructs a masterpiece of unappeasable fixation that's to stay young at all costs and thus, deepening it into the viewer's subconscious, awakes us to other facts: When we have a strong physiological obsession, we humans, do whatever it takes to fulfill that desire...


12 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
the egg... what the hell man? belljar666
Western Remake? could it be done? adacat14
Did this movie make anyone else hungry? comawhite015
Why did aunt mei do this to mrs lie? dafen_d
Pointless and really quite stupid bigbrownindia
near the end xxRiverxx
Discuss Dumplings (2004) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?