Teppanyaki (1984)

Run Time - 89 min.  |   Countries - Hong Kong  |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Jonathan Crow

Comedian Michael Hui Koon-man stars and directs this wacky comedy about Johnny Huang, a nebbish chef who endures the presence of his obese overbearing wife and his sadistic father-in-law who relishes little more that shaving the eyebrows off of his victims. His life a constant familial nightmare, he spends his precious free time dreaming about his favorite model, Sisi (Sally Yeh Chian-wen). When she actually shows up in his restaurant, he vows to win her over and eventually does by defeating her cloddish, abusive boyfriend in a game of tennis (his choice of racket is a frying pan). When Sisi suggests a romantic get away to Philippines, Johnny leaps at the chance. Unfortunately, so does his wife, father-in-law, and wizened grandfather. The two lovers manage to ditch their excess baggage and be alone when they hop on a small twin-engine plane. Yet when it conks out, a whole new world of trouble opens up for Johnny and Sisi.



chef, extramarital-affair, father, in-law, mistress, misunderstanding, obesity, restaurant