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Shogun and Little Kitchen
Year: 1992
Director: Ronny Yu Yan-Tai
Writer: James Yuen Sai-Sang, Raymond To Kwok-Wai
Action: Yuen Cheung-Yan
Cast: Yuen Biao, Leon Lai Ming, Ng Man-Tat, Maggie Siu Mei-Kei, Monica Chan Fat-Yung, Jimmy Wang Yu, Leung Ka-Yan, Lui Fong, Josephine Koo Mei-Wah, Lam Lap-Sam
The Skinny: Sometimes entertaining and interesting comedy featuring some great cooking sequences from the terminally underappreciated Yuen Biao.
by Kozo:
     Ronny Yu (The Bride with White Hair) directed this warm and fuzzy family comedy about poor restaurateur Ng Man-Tat, runaway Leon Lai, and Tat's uncle, the high-flying Yuen Biao. Tat's restaurant is in trouble, but luckily Yuen Biao's acrobatic cooking style saves the day. Crowds arrive to gawk as Yuen flips, jumps and cooks up a storm - and the food is good, too. The bucks roll in, pleasing Tat, but soon local sponsorship arrives to try and sign Yuen to a tour. Even worse, local triads are breathing down Tat's neck, and runaway rich kid Leon Lai starts an uninteresting romance with Maggie Siu. Standard formula and annoyingly cute subplots drag the film down, but Yuen Biao's athletic stuntwork makes the movie a fun, if not crucial viewing experience. The film doesn't challenge you in any way, but it's really not meant to. Undemanding fun. (Kozo 1996)
Availability: DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles
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