Wo ai chu fang (1997) AKA Kitchen


When Aggie’s grandmother, her last living relative, dies, she is taken in by hairdresser acquaintance Louie, and Emma his transsexual ‘mother’. With warmth and affection the two slowly arouse Aggie from her listless state and nurture her back to life. Kitchen uses food as a constant metaphor throughout the film to explore emotional states and to symbolise the depth of unexplored feelings. When tragedy strikes again with sickly premonition, both Louie and Aggie are forced to revisit their grief, triggering unresolved issues.

Director: Ho Yim. AKA Kitchen / 我愛廚房
Writers: Ho Yim, Terence Lai (co-writer), Banana Yoshimoto (novel).
Stars: Jordan Chan, Yasuko Tomita, Kar-Ying Law, Karen Mok, Siu-Ming Lau, Koon-Lan Law.

1997 Berlin International Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Bear.
1997 Chicago International Film Festival – Nominated for the Gold Hugo.


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