CINEMA: Chef's Ballad

A comedy shows the link between food and love

The year's best action sequence? Easy. It's Mr. Chu (Sihung Lung), a master chef, slicing, dicing, chopping, boiling, broiling, steaming the ingredients of the dinner he prepares every Sunday for his three not entirely grateful daughters. It's the culinary arts rendered as thrillingly as the martial arts, with a middle-age Taiwanese cook appearing as deft and graceful in his peaceful trade as Bruce Lee ever was in his more violent one.

Eat Drink Man Woman presents Mr. Chu's morality as simple -- feed the body artfully, and the soul will take care of itself -- but the chef is not without...

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