- Actors: Miriam Yeung, Bai Ling, Tony Leung Kar Fai
- Directors: Fruit Chan
- Format: PAL
- Language: Mandarin Chinese, Cantonese Chinese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 18
- Studio: Tartan
- DVD Release Date: 24 July 2006
- Run Time: 91 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000FIHJ9W
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 70,315 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Dumplings (2004) [DVD]
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In this Hong Kong horror, an ex-starlet who is now the trophy wife of a rich businessman is desperate to regain her fast-fading youth. When she learns of a mysterious chef whose dumplings are supposedly able to do just this, she quickly tracks her down. But what exactly is the secret of the recipe, and will the cost prove far too expensive?
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There is a lot to discover in Dumplings about how people of different genders relate to one another, the endless power struggles big and small between men and women, women and other women. Not so much between men and other men but let's face it, this is a theme very frequently revisted by many films.
Aunt Mei is Everywoman - all womanhood's variants rolled up into a single rather strange frame where youth and age vie (look again at her bowlegged gait); she is nurturer - cook and feeder, whore, muse and mystic to which the women of her neighborhood turn in times of strife. She plays her part well and is extremely good at dragging up.
This is a serious film - and a seriously good film - which confronts huge themes but is wrapped in the kind of package which should ensure at least some of its audience at any given time end up consuming a dish they're a bit unsure of. It's a film that will repeat in your head like indigestion days after you see it as you try to make sense of it.
Dumplings is well worth watching. The ideas the film contains are hung on a most interesting vehicle. This is not hammer you over the head with a serious message stuff; in fact Dumplings is full of humour and levity and its message will slip down - well - as easily as Aunt Mei's dumplings. Extraordinarily, the winners here are the women for a change. But I'm left with a vague feeling that perhaps the elixir of youth Aunt Mei has stumbled upon in her creative and triumphant overcoming of China's 'one child' edict is an elusive fantasy. There are certainly large elements of the fairytale, of myth and legend here. Does the elixir of youth exist? Did it ever really exist? Or is the true elixir of youth only found when a woman overcomes circumstance weighted against her and forges confidently ahead unencumbered by the childlike men who hold her back?
there is one what you might call "Gorey" scene, depending on your personal views, which will hold your attention to the screen as it is very realistic and absolutely shocking for why it is there and what is going to come from it.
i can't really say much more without spoiling it as that is one of the main scenes in the movie that demonstrates just how far this women will go to preserve her looks.
along side this we get to see why she so desperately wants to be young again as we are given glimpses of her personal life also which depict her unhappy relationship with her cheating husband, who keeps it no secret what he is doing.
However, it is not long before he realizes that his wife is up to something and begins to investigate for himself...
overall i would highly recommend this film to any fan of Asian cinema, it is slow and moody, shocking and fun to watch! I would only warn people who have a problem with abortion to perhaps stay clear, other than that this is an original, well paced and well-written psychological thriller well worth the ride!
definately worth a viewing for fans of more interesting j-horror/thrillers.