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Wo ai chu fang (1997)

Laid-back hairdresser Louie (Jordan Chan) and his kind-hearted transgender mother (Lau Kar Ying) take in the bereaved, deeply depressed but beautiful Aggie (Yasuko Tomita) to give her new ... See full summary »

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Ho Yim

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Ho Yim, Banana Yoshimoto (novel) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Jordan Chan ... Louie
Yasuko Tomita ... Aggie
Kar-Ying Law ... Emma
Karen Mok ... Jenny
Siu-Ming Lau ... Mr. Chiu
Koon-Lan Law ... Chika
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Laid-back hairdresser Louie (Jordan Chan) and his kind-hearted transgender mother (Lau Kar Ying) take in the bereaved, deeply depressed but beautiful Aggie (Yasuko Tomita) to give her new hope and a new family. With their unconditional support, she learns to blossom as a person and follow her dreams out into the wide world. Romance simmers - yet fails to break the surface - between the young pair, but a terrible tragedy leaves Louie in desperate need and Aggie facing a tough dilemma: should she continue living her dream as a chef in a prestigious restaurant, or return to care for the person she cares for most in his time of need? Written by Will Milton

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Country:

Hong Kong | Japan

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

13 December 1997 (Japan) See more »

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Kitchen See more »

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1.85 : 1
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Pure Masterpiece
22 August 2002 | by David_NiemannSee all my reviews

What can I say, 'Wo Ai Chu Fang' or 'Kitchen' is one of the most beautiful films I have ever seen.

Aggie is suffering a great pain after the death of her Grandmother. She has no one else so she moves in with her Godmother and her son, Louie. Aggie does not speak a single word, the pain she is going through is unimaginable, and this portrayal is simply stunning in its sadness and grief. Louie and Wah try to make her feel at home, and soon Aggie's passion for cooking shines through her sadness.

But it's not all grief and sadness, the film is also very very funny. Most films would find it hard to combine sadness, beauty, comedy and a weird quirkiness but 'Wo Ai Chu Fang' handles it amazingly.

The film almost had a hypnotic effect on me, its beauty is so peaceful and calm. Even the tragic scenes are handled with a beauty never seen before. The cinematography is breathtaking. The film is flawless, no second of film wasted or boring. Yes, the film is slow, but this just adds to the overall beauty and calmness of the film. The music is incredible, its really nice and used well.

The night scenes are incredible. Maybe it's just me but I found the scenes at night, with blue light mixed with the black night and a calm wind blowing through the world so utterly beautiful.

And I think that sums up the movie, beautiful! But also one of the most funny, charming, sad and surprising films I have seen in a long time. This is now one of my favourite movies of all time. You have to see it.

This is a pure masterpiece and in my opinion one of the greatest movies ever made.

10/10


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