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A delicious hilarious affair.
written by zelpheri August 4, 2003 - 4:55 PM PDT
9 out of 10 members found this review helpful
Between the dirty 'western' yet Japanese snarl, orgasm by sharing egg youk, the last home-cooked meal, to the very fitting ending as the credit rolls -- this is all about food, and life surrounding food.

Unlike Eat, Drink, Man, Woman -- which is a very heartwarming tale with a surprising twist, yet the food are secondary to the story -- this movie dedicate its plot almost entirely to food.

Within the main plot of a woman being taught on how to kick ass being a noodle cook, we are treated to a much wider slice of life in that region. Unlike the vast majority of other movies, which focuses on the main characters, here we experience moments in time. One such moment would find a group of executive Japanese businessmen passing by our main characters on their way to a dinner at a French restaurant. At first, you may be a bit confused, but you should realize that each little skit have their own punchline (or in some cases, a heart-tugging message), that invariably involves food.

There are even some twist on the Japanese culture toward food -- you will understand once you see this scene, but you must remember: In Japan, unlike here, slurping is a sign of 'I am enjoying the food!'. The louder the slurp, the more they love it. With that in mind, the scene right after the business executives would make so much sense, and turns out to be far more hilarious.

The only regret is that the subtitles are inconsistent -- sometimes going far too fast for the dialogue, and slightly unclear on who said what. But above all, the art life influenced by food shine through in this film.

To maximize the experience, have a very nice elaborate dinner set on a table in front of you. And remember -- be very quiet, or the Man in the White Suit will get you.


(Average 8.41)
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