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Jiao zi
dir. Fruit Chan
Hong Kong 2004, 91’
Polish premiere
35mm print screening
Awards and festivals
Chinese Film Media Awards 2005 - Best Supporting Actress, Best Supporting Actor (nomination)
Hong Kong 2004
Duration: 91’
director: Fruit Chan
screenplay: Lilian Lee
cinematography: Christopher Doyle (HKSC)
editing: Fruit Chan
music: Kwong-Wing Chan
cast: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony Ka-Fai Leung
producer: Peter Ho-Sun Chan
executive producer: Eric Tsang
production: Applause Pictures Limited
language: Cantonese
colouration: colour

Film description

A former TV star, elegant and wealthy Mrs Li, feels that she is growing old: her skin is losing its glow and her husband no longer pays attention to her. That is why she visits Mei’s shabby flat where one can try her famous, allegedly rejuvenating dumplings. What is their mysterious ingredient and where will Mrs Li get in her pursuit of beauty? What secret does the attractive chef hide?

Brilliant photography by Christopher Doyle and Fruit Chan’s confidence as a director with a perfect feeling for horror convention make "Dumplings" an exceptionally delectable horror and a particularly horrifying culinary movie, telling a story about an extremally risky art of cooking. The anxiety which this treaty on human vanity invokes makes it difficult to stop thinking about the film even long after the screening. And it will take a while until you dare to taste meat-filled dumplings again…

Originally the film was shown as a segment of „Three… Extremes” (together with etudes by Takashi Miike i Park Chan-wook), then its longer version began to be shown as a self-standing movie, successfully competing with Japanese and South Korean horrors, which at the beginning of the 21st century offered viewers new dimensions of fear. Fruit Chan’s expedition towards the mainstream of the genre turned out to be rewarding and showed how incredibly suggestive the director can be on the level of style.

Marcin Krasnowolski

Fruit Chan

Born in 1969 in China, from where his family emigrated to Hong Kong. A director, producer, actor and screenwriter, representing what is known as the Second New Wave of independent Hong Kong cinematography. Appreciated for films immersed in urban climate, for which he often engaged non-professional actors to show in a close-up the life of modern metropolis. Interested in social issues and fascinated with the Japanese 1960s avantgarde, for instance the works of Nagisa Oshima.

Selected filmography:

1991 Wu ge ji mo de xin / Five Lonely Hearts

1997 Made in Hong Kong / Xiang Gang zhi zao

1998 Najdłuższe lato / Hui nin yin fa dak bit doh / The Longest Summer

1999 Mały Cheung / Xilu xiang / Little Cheung

2000 Durian durian / Làuh Lìn Pìu Pìu / Durian Durian

2001 Hollywood Hongkong / Heung Gong you ge He Li Huo / Hollywood Hong Kong

2004 Pierożki / Jiao zi / Dumplings

2009 Chengdu, wo ai ni / Chengdu, I Love You

2015 My City

2016 Mou sha si shui nian hua / Kill Time

2018 Trzej mężowie / Sam fu / Three husbands

Festival guests

Fruit Chan


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