Joyful Reunion
New People CinemaSat, Oct 13, 2012 1:30 PM Not Available
New People CinemaSun, Oct 14, 2012 9:00 PM Not Available
Fall Season Festival
Fall Season Festival:Taiwan Film Days

From the producer of Eat Drink Man Woman, this humorous and thoughtful multigenerational tale set in Hangzhou, China tells a delicate story of social classes, careers and romance, while turning an especially attentive eye towards depicting the importance (and joys) of cooking and eating. Vegetarian chef Tang Shize provides patrons with otherworldly culinary delights and a brief experience of sanctuary. The seemingly perfect equilibrium of his restaurant environment is interrupted when Chef Tang announces his desire to retire and sell his business, and his family and employees attempt to prepare for big changes. Matters are further complicated when Tang’s eldest daughter’s boyfriend introduces his aunt Pai Ping, who hasn’t returned to Hangzhou since she fled to Taiwan during the Chinese Civil War. Ping infuses a nervous energy into the situation with her brash, sometimes inappropriate directness, a perfect tonic to the film’s lavish formal environs. Still, Ping’s uneasy fit belies a deeper relationship to the film’s setting than one might initially suspect.