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Kitchen (1997)

Wo ai chu fang (original title)
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

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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

Hong Kong | Japan

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

13 December 1997 (Japan) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Engaging Even Today
22 August 2015 | by westsideschlSee all my reviews

There are two versions of this story. A 1989 original Japanese version with Ayako Kawahara as Mikage. Then there is the 1997 Hong Kong version with Yasuko Tomita as Aggie (aka Mikage), an attractive young adult female who lost her parents when young then loses her caretaker grandmother and then closes within herself, such as not speaking, to the world. She is taken in by a friend of grandmama, a transgender woman with a young adult hip son. That sub story is in itself an interesting and moving part of the film. Aggie seems to have a better than average sense of smell which, as we discover, makes her a tour-de-force in the kitchen.

A creatively written and well acted self discovery plot with a potential touch of romance and many unpredictable twists. English subtitles were accurate, but a bit weird in giving our characters English names.


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