Master Cheng

Master Cheng

2019
Romance
Comedy
1h 54m
Chef Cheng travels with his young son to a remote village in Finland to connect with an old Finnish friend he once met in Shanghai. Upon arrival, nobody in the village seems to know his friend but local café owner Sirkka offers him accommodation and in return Cheng helps her in the kitchen surprising the locals with the delights of Chinese cuisine. Gradually his cooking encourages these vastly different cultures to connect and Cheng is soon a celebrated member of the community. (imdb)
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Master Cheng

2019
Romance
Comedy
1h 54m
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Rated 04 Jan 2021
45
9th
Without Aki's self-aware wit & irony, this comes off like an electronic ashtray of the Kaurismäki style. A truly godawful melodrama with tortuously cliched story, aimless structure and stereotypical characters (both Chinese & Finnish).
Rated 17 Aug 2021
60
15th
A light meal. It does contain some earnest insight into the differing cultures of food, depending on their geographical location. But the romance takes the main focus and reduces an otherwise intriguing film about food into another standard film about romance.
Rated 04 Jan 2022
60
52nd
As what comes to Finnish movie productions, this may not be up to par with the best, but it is certainly above average. Slow burning, slice-of-life and not everybody’s cup of tea. Keeps the drama and conflicts at bay which might bore some viewers, but I enjoyed this serving.
Rated 10 Jul 2023
90
93rd
This is a really nice film. Its quite touching/poignant and amusing in equal measure. I like that we only slowly start to learn about Cheng's history and background. Its a film about a clash of culture initially but, as cheesy as it maybe sounds, it became about the benefits and importance of acceptance, accepting others, giving new things a try and understanding things from other's perspectives. A charming film, I'd happily recommend it.

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