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God of Cookery

4.3 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

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An arrogant, shallow chef hits the skids when his cooking empire is usurped by a men-spirited rival. He is saved by the true love and good cooking of Sister Turkey, a plain but purehearted street vendor whose wares heal the sick. Together, the two conspire to regain power by besting their foes in an winner-take-all cook-off.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Stephen Au, Stephen Chow, Christy Chung, Clarence Hui, Vincent Kok
  • Directors: Stephen Chow
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Mandarin Chinese (Dolby Digital 5.1), Cantonese (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Not Rated
  • Studio: Tai Seng
  • DVD Release Date: October 27, 1998
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305161615
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #111,768 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "God of Cookery" on IMDb

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I Just want to say something about the ending, which is absurd to some. Some previous reviews say that was beyond comprehension. I guess it takes a little more understanding about the Chinese mythology and traditional stories to comprehend that scene. In some Chinese myth, gods would sometimes be punished to go through normal men's life. The purpose sometimes is for them to gain experience and to understand and be able to correct their misdoings. It could also be that two gods hated each other be put on the earth as humans like you and I do without remembering they were gods and be tested in occassions similar to the quarells they have had in heaven when they were gods. This is often for them to understand "an eye for an eye" is not a proper way to solve the problem, which sounds quite an essential part to the Chinese, or maybe Buddist's philosophy, in my opinion.

But, anyway, Chow, the fat guy and the manager was somewhat like the gods that has been put on the earth. Chow was the God of Cookery. The manager was a dog in heaven - Yes. There could be animals in heaven too. But, of course, "God of Cookery" (the movie) did not explain why they were put on earth.

I hope this helps people who don't understand enough Chinese mythology to make sense of the ending of the movie. But, sadly, I realize and I agree many Cantonese jokes do not translate quite well to English.

I am form Hong Kong and, so, I understand everything very well. But the down side is that my English ability may not allow me to make my point.
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Wow! God of Cookery is one of the funniest flick I have ever seen. The tempo of the movie, the insanely clever dialogues, and the razor sharp parodies all add up to a great movie experience. Even though my wife does not speak Chinese, she thought it was wonderful. If you know Cantonese or something about Hong Kong cultural history, THIS IS IT! You will pick up subtle references that will bring back Hong Kong circa late 80's/early 90's.
A Chinese movie that is finally willing to make fun of itself. No genre is safe: God of Cookery pokes fun at old gangster flicks, gambling flicks, the silly montages, Hong Kong soup operas, Iron Chef, martial art movies, politics, class, food, food, food...
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I was really taken by Kung Fu Hustle - I thought it was extremely unique and a whole lot of fun. After watching it, I backtracked and watched Shaolin Soccer. I enjoyed that movie as well, and then found myself on Amazon looking up other Stephen Chow movies. I found this one, and looked it up at my local video rental stores. No dice. So I went ahead and purchased it through Amazon. Now that I've watched it, I will say that I enjoyed it, but I didn't need to purchase it. If you can find some other means to see it, by all means do so. If the only way you can see it is by purchasing it, read on...

This is not a bad movie by any means. It's just not a movie that was made with a US audience in mind. And there's no reason it should have been - it was not released stateside like Shaolin Soccer and Kung Fu Hustle were. Be that as it may, the English subtitles have been done by someone whose primary language is not English. And hey, that's not a bad thing. I'm sure that whoever did the subtitles did the best he or she could. Being a person who has tried to speak and write a foreign language myself, I can understand the task the translator had to take on. But the reality is this; for an American viewer who is counting on those subtitles to follow the story, a very literal and often times confusing translation is presented. I found myself constantly having to think "what does this actually mean?" For instance, does "fairy" really mean fairy? Or does it mean angel? Or does it mean ghost? Or (more likely) is there not a corresponding word in the English language that really conveys the true meaning conveyed in the movie's native language?
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If you're looking for a film which can teach you how to cook delicious Chinese dishes, you may be disappointed after watching "The God of Cookery". On the contrary, if you want to have fun, laughing throughout a film, feeling tounched by the romantic love story and witnessing a change of an arrogant business man to a true chef, don't miss this great film!
I appreciate the rhythm of this film very much. It's fast and smooth as well as stylish. I've noticed that it only spent about half an a hour to clearly show how Chow's characteristic is, and how successful he was before getting bankruptcy. The sequences of the motion in the first half hour is unforgettable to me.
Besides the great performance of Chow, Karen (Sister Turkey) was outstanding as well. Her acting was extremely exaggerate, but this was really funny.
One demerit of this film was the ending, it was really strange and hard to accept. But anyway, it carries some meaningful messages which can compensate somewhat.
Overall, I highly recommend it to everyone. No matter you can understand Cantonese or not, see it! If you're going to see just one Chow's movie, make sure that you see this one.
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