God of Cookery
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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.
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...
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?Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Hilarious movie with over the top comedy that strikes sometimes when least expected. I got this because I'm a huge fan of Kung fu hustle and I'm glad I did. Read morePublished 26 days ago by Dontay Delaney
Weird movie, but didn't hold much charm as Cho's other work. The used copy I got looks like it was a bootleg.Published 4 months ago by Dr.Iron
Mainly purchases for a kid friendly film that provides some Chinese practice. Kids need another year before they can get it.Published 15 months ago by AsiaUser
A little tricky getting the english subtitles working, but we stuck with it and were duly rewarded! This is one of our all time faves.Published on June 16, 2014 by moira ichiban
Bought this movie years ago in Chicago's China Town on a whim, lost it along the way - maybe an ex has it. Wanted it back, and found it. Read morePublished on February 24, 2014 by Ashley
It's a parody of traditional Kung Fu types of things. Boyfriend and I loved this movie, but it definitely takes an appreciation of Asian culture and Asian humor. Read morePublished on December 28, 2013 by Anne
The movie itself is great -- my favorite Stephen Chow film. Unfortunately the DVD is letterboxed in the 4:3 format, and not enhanced for widescreen, leaving the picture as a small... Read morePublished on October 7, 2013 by david
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