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The Recipe (2010)

Doenjang (original title)
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The Recipe centers on a TV producer searching for the recipe for an enchanting spicy bean-curd stew--and its elusive creator. Producer/presenter Choi Yu-jin smells a scoop when he learns ... See full summary »

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Yoo-jin Choi (as Ryu Seung-Ryong)
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Hye-jin Jang
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Hyeon-soo Kim
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Min Park (as Seong-ha Jo)
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Myeong-sook Han
Choong-seon Park ...
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Jeong-seok Kim ...
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Soon-woong Yu ...
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Seung-mok Yoo ...
Deuk-goo Kim
Hye-jin-i Park ...
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Se-dong Kim ...
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Moon-ee Jo ...
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Ji-hoon-il Kim ...
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The Recipe centers on a TV producer searching for the recipe for an enchanting spicy bean-curd stew--and its elusive creator. Producer/presenter Choi Yu-jin smells a scoop when he learns that the last request of mass murderer and famed fugitive Kim Jong-gu before he was executed in February 2009 was for a bowl of dwinjang jjigae (beancurd soup stew). Choi then discovers Kim was arrested at the tiny Sanjang Restaurant, in a mountain pine forest outside Seoul, while eating a bowl of dwinjang jjigae so delicious it reduced him to a state of pure bliss. Choi discovers that the soup was made not by the restaurant's owner but by a mysterious young woman, Jang Hye-jin, who turned up one day with a suitcase and was taken in by the owner. Choi becomes obsessed with finding Jang, who's since disappeared, and tracing her precise ingredients and preparation method. Written by Palm Springs Internation Film Festival

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True Love, Honest Craft, and the Aura of the Unique
5 July 2011 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

A lyrical mystery, following Yoo-jin Choi (Seung-Ryong Ryu), a hard-bitten television producer, as he pursues a lead from an applicant for an internship: A death-row fugitive is captured as he eats a bowl of so delicious, so fragrant, both he and the arresting detectives are held in thrall until he finishes and they can capture him without a struggle.

Choi discovers that the stew was made by a mysterious young woman, Jang Hye-jin (Yu-won Lee), and begins a transformative quest to learn the recipe. No spoilers here, just a recommendation to seek out this movie about true love, honest craft, and the aura of the unique.


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