Aji (2003)

Genres - Culture & Society, Family & Personal Relationships  |   Sub-Genres - Biography, Cooking & Food, Sociology  |   Run Time - 134 min.  |   Countries - China, Japan  |  
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Japanese filmmaker Li Ying directs the documentary Aji (Dream Cuisine), a portrait of master chef Hatsue Sato. In her late seventies, Hatsue is one of the last chefs who honor the traditional cooking style of China's Shandong province. She and her husband, Koroku, run a restaurant in Tokyo, but she really wants to move back to China where she was born. The filmmakers follow her to Shandong, where she does a television interview and meets culinary college president Liu Gwangwei. When the modern chef can't seem follow her old-fashioned recipes right, she decides to stay in China and cook them herself. However, husband Koroku doesn't want to change his location. Dream Cuisine was shown at the 2003 Tribeca Film Festival.

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chef, Chinese-cooking, master [expert], China, homeland, husband-and-wife, restaurant, tradition