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Jiao zi (2004)

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:

Fruit Chan

Writer:

Pik Wah Lee (as Lillian Lee)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Pauline Lau Pauline Lau ... Masseuse
Tony Ka Fai Leung ... Mr. Li (as Tony Ka-Fai Leung)
Bai Ling ... Mei, The Cook
Meme Tian ... Connie (as Meme)
So-Foon Wong So-Foon Wong ... Kate's mother
Miki Yeung Miki Yeung ... Kate
Miriam Chin Wah Yeung ... Mrs. Li
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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

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Drama | Horror

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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese

Release Date:

19 August 2004 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Dumplings See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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

Quotes

Mei, the cook: [first lines]
Mei, the cook: Mrs. Li? You're so beautiful.
Mrs. Li: They say your dumplings are the most expensive.
Mei, the cook: Of course! Please come in.
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An Asian Movie That Hollywood Will Never Remake
25 August 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In Hong Kong, Aunt Mei (Ling Bai) 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 (Miriam Yeoung Chin Wah) visits Mei aiming her dumplings to recover her youth and become attractive again to her wolf husband Mr. Li (Tony Leung Ka Fai). 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.

The bizarre "Gaau Ji" is a low budget Asian movie that Hollywood will never remake. The disturbing and gruesome story depicts an unpleasant theme, certainly a taboo for the American industry, and has excellent performances highlighting Ling Bai making the story totally believable. The Brazilian DVD prudently advises that this film contains strong scenes and is not recommended to pregnant women and sensitive persons, and I totally agree. However, it is highly recommended to audiences that expect to see the break of a taboo in Hollywoodian productions. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Escravas da Vaidade" ("Slaves of the Vanity")

Note: On 28 December 2012 I saw a short version of this film again in an imported DVD ("3 Extremes", segment "Dumplings").


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