ZONE PRO SITE: THE MOVEABLE FEAST
Directed by Chen Yu-hsun
Official Selection, 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival
There was once a great cook dubbed Master Fly Chef. But this is not his story. It’s the story of his plucky daughter Wan, an aspiring actress-model who inadvertently gets on the wrong side of some loan sharks. And so she goes on the run to her late father’s restaurant, now the stomping grounds of Puffy, her stepmother with the heart of a showgirl, a body fitting her name, and a mouth that knows not when to stop. But Wan needs more than maternal tenderness. She needs dough.
But this is not just a story of fast cash. It’s a story of food! Mouth-watering, mind-blowing, Louvre-grade food! Because just as Wan arrives, she learns about a catering competition where she can not only win a cash prize, but she can also resurrect her father’s long-lost art of traditional Taiwanese cooking, she can cure her career blues, and she can bring closure to a decades-old love story. And she can make plates and plates of food! Deep fried lotus cakes, chrysanthemum with bamboo and scallop, rump roast marinated in 2500-year-old soy sauce, and regular mom-and-pop staples like scrambled tomato and eggs.
So much food bursts from the screen you’ll need a bib. The laughs and antics do too, and they’re sautéed with love and family fun by Chen Yu-hsun (Tropical Fish). Add a heartthrob (Yo Yang of Formula 17) and sprinkle some choice cameos by Taiwan’s old guard and you’ve got a feast that moves straight from the stomach and toward the heart. –Brian Hu