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Dumplings

  • Drama
  • Horror
  • 2004
  • Fruit Chan
  • 90 mins
  • 18

Summary

Aunt Mei's famous homemade dumplings provide amazing age-defying qualities popular with middle-aged women. But her latest customer - a fading actress - is determined to find out what the secret ingredient is.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

This pitch-black chiller from Made in Hong Kong director Fruit Chan started life as part of the horror omnibus Three... Extremes (alongside contributions from Park Chan-wook and Takashi Miike). Here expanded to feature length, it's a nightmarish satire on the modern obsession with youth. Bai Ling gives a darkly entertaining performance as a mysterious Chinese woman who offers ageing rich and desperate clients a magical rejuvenation recipe in the form of dumplings made with a squirm-inducing secret ingredient. But her vocation takes an even more twisted turn when an ex-starlet (Miriam Yeung) decides her weekly fix isn't working quickly enough. Sumptuously shot by cinematographer Christopher Doyle (In the Mood for Love, Hero), the film has a visual sophistication that belies its gruesome content. Yet, while its disturbing central revelation will be a turn-off for some, the tale never feels exploitative, thanks to Chan's concentration on atmosphere and emotion rather than cheap shocks.

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Credits

Cast

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Qing, Mrs LiMiriam Yeung
MeiBai Ling
LiTony Leung (1)
ConnieMeme
KateMiki Yeung

Crew

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DirectorFruit Chan

Details

Theatrical distributor
Tartan
Released on
2006-06-16
Languages
Chinese
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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