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A Spice for Life (2019)

Mestari Cheng (original title)
Following the death of his wife, professional chef CHENG travels with his young son to a remote village in Finland to connect with an old Finnish friend he once met in Shanghai. Upon ... See full summary »

Director:

Mika Kaurismäki

Writer:

Hannu Oravisto
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Pak Hon Chu ... Cheng
Anna-Maija Tuokko ... Sirkka
Lucas Hsuan ... Niu Niu
Kari Väänänen ... Romppainen
Vesa-Matti Loiri Vesa-Matti Loiri ... Vilppula
Paula Miettinen Paula Miettinen ... Mervi
Hannu Oravisto Hannu Oravisto ... Police officer
Jonne Kaaretkoski Jonne Kaaretkoski ... Police officer
Helka Periaho Helka Periaho ... Teacher
Kari Koivukangas Kari Koivukangas ... Bus driver
Vesa-Matti Komonen Vesa-Matti Komonen ... Construction worker
Markku Lukka Markku Lukka ... Construction worker
Joni Kuokkanen Joni Kuokkanen ... Construction worker
Marko Syysmaa Marko Syysmaa ... Doctor
Tang Chao Tang Chao ... Tour guide
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Storyline

Following the death of his wife, professional chef CHENG travels with his young son to a remote village in Finland to connect with an old Finnish friend he once met in Shanghai. Upon arrival, nobody in the village seems to know his friend but local café owner Sirkka offers him accommodation and in return Cheng helps her in the kitchen surprising the locals with the delights of Chinese cuisine. Gradually his cooking encourages these vastly different cultures to connect and Cheng is soon a celebrated member of the community. Unfortunately his tourist visa is soon to run out and it's up to the villagers to come up with a plan to help him stay.

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Sirkka and Nunjo are stargazing during twilight, when no stars are visible. There is no darkness beyond the polar circle in several months during the summer. See more »

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With love to Lapland and Finland
28 July 2020 | by sakalamkSee all my reviews

Romantical story mixing chinese food and people with Lappland beauriful nature and finnish characters. Especially good are nature scenes on big screen.. Take time, no hurty, fill heart with love and enjoy. Little bit must be understand Finnish mentalitt.


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Country:

Finland | China

Language:

English | Finnish | Mandarin

Release Date:

27 September 2019 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Master Cheng See more »

Filming Locations:

Raattama, Kittilä, Finland See more »

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Budget:

EUR2,869,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$456,206
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