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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 »

Director:

Ho Yim

Writers:

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 »

Also Known As:

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Simply nice.
20 September 1999 | by SkylessWingSee all my reviews

'Kitchen' is based on the original Japanese Manga 'I Love the Kitchen', and this Hong Kong/Japanese co-production captures the manga's imagery beautifully.

Director Ho Yim manages to let Jordan Chan and Yasuka Tomita to show some of their true selves within the characters they portray. The result is two commendable performances and a great on screen chemistry.

'Kitchen' is a very slow film, taking a long time to travel little distance, which may not appeal to some. But those who are patient will be in for a treat. Slow dreamy crane shots, gentle picturesque scenes, and some surreal changes of pace. Well worth investing two hours of your time.


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