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Final Recipe

South Korea | 2013 | 98 minutes | Gina Kim

Hoping to save his grandfather’s fledgling restaurant, teenage Mark uses his university savings to secretly enter Shanghai’s blockbuster cooking competition, led by Master Chef Julia Lee (international superstar Michelle Yeoh).

May 24, 2014
Renton IKEA Performing Arts Center  
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SIFF Cinema Uptown Festival  
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Canadian-born Korean pop idol Henry Lau’s acting debut is embellished with luscious imagery in this high-stakes tale of food, family, and competition. All of his life, Mark (Lau)’s grandfather has nurtured and nourished the family through his cooking. Now as his health begins to fail, the man’s restaurant also faces peril. In an effort to save his grandfather’s legacy, high school senior Mark takes out his university savings—a move his grandfather would not approve of—and secretly enters a mega-cooking competition in Shanghai: “Final Recipe.” This televised show familiarly pits contestants against one another in played-up rivalries of ingenuity, wit, and style. The difference is that for this edition, the competition has opened not just to award-winning chefs but also to home cooks and fans of the show. Presiding over the developments is the show’s creator, Julia Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon’s Michelle Yeoh), and a Master Chef (Chin Han) who strangely resembles Mark. Once Mark impresses guest chef Daniel Boulud, he knows the sky’s the limit, and that the ability to bring his family back together rests in his capable hands. Sumptuous shots of sizzling noodles, delicately plated seared scallops, and other culinary delights reveal Mark’s philosophy throughout Final Recipe: “In cooking, as in music, harmony is greater than the sum of its parts.”

Director Biography

Gina Kim received her MFA from Cal Arts and a BFA from Seoul National University. Her feature-length films, Gina Kim's Video Diary, Insivible Light, and Never Forever, have screened at several prestigious film festivals, including Berlin, Locarno, Rotterdam, and Sundance, among many others. Invisible Light won the special award at the 2004 Seoul Women's Film Festival and Never Forever, which premiered at Sundance in 2007, was awarded the Jury Prize at the 2007 Deauville American Film Festival. Kim also taught film production and film theory classes at Harvard University as a full-time lecturer for three years from 2004 to 2007.

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Director: Gina Kim
Principal Cast: Henry Lau, Michelle Yeoh, Chin Han, Chang Tseng, Lori Tan Chinn
Country: South Korea, Thailand, Singapore
Year: 2013
Running Time: 98 minutes
Producer: Yeonu Choi, Tae-Sung Jeong, Steven Nam, Gina Kim
Screenplay: George Huang
Cinematographers: Jun-Young Kim, Young-Ho Kim
Editors: Steve M. Choe
Music: Young Jin Mok
Website: Official Film Website
Filmography: Faces of Seoul (Doc, 2009); Never Forever (2007); Invisible Light (2003); Gina Kim’s Video Diary (Doc, 2002)
Language: English, Mandarin
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Format: DCP
International Sales: Fortissimo Films
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