God Of Cookery (1996)
by: Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-Chi
at the Hong Kong Film Awards 1997:
Best Actress (Karen Mok)
Nomination at the Taiwan Golden Horse Awards 1997:
Best Actress (Karen Mok)
Stephen Chow plays Stephen Chow or the "God Of Cookery" as he is more widely known as. During the years on that throne he has turned into an arrogant and bullying asshole who has lost all love for cooking. During the opening of one of his new products, an apparently harmless employee of his confronts him about his cooking skills. That man is Bull Tong (Vincent Kok, the director of Gorgeous) and in front of all reporters he makes a fool out of Stephen and crowns himself as the new "God Of Cookery". Stephen flees and ends up in the more seedy parts of Hong Kong. Here he meets Turkey (Karen Mok from King Of Comedy) and together they come up with an idea that may bring Stephen back to the spotlight again...
of the two directors Stephen Chow & Lee Lik-Chi is apparently
a good one. They have to date collaborated on two other projects
(From Beijing With Love & King Of Comedy)
which have been received pretty well by fans and critics.
I think Stephen benefits from having a more experienced director
by his side to help him realize his often crazy and insane
ideas and in this movie they make stuff work that really shouldn't.
For example the movie will shift from comedy to kind of sappy
drama but the later element may as well by a comedy bit. Regardless
of what, that aspect does work.
Karen Mok got a well earned nomination for her role as Turkey, which happens to be a huge admirer of the "God Of Cookery". She is not only a yearning and ugly girl but she displays a nice streetsmart persona and a toughness during a confrontation in the film. She and Stephen have a strange but compelling chemistry here and they once again acted together in the 1999 film King Of Comedy.
Kok is not only an actor but has also produced, written and
directed on a few occasions. If you check out the credits
for such films as 2002 and Gorgeous, you will
find him there. His part here is not an original one but he
is pretty fun and entertaining to watch and he sure looks
like he's having fun acting against Stephen. As usual Ng Man
Tat shows up in an almost unrecognizable part (sans mustache).
To be honest, he isn't very memorable but by now no Stephen
Chow film is complete without his presence. In funny cameos
we also see Lau Yee Tat (from Juliet In Love) and Law
Kar-Ying (from 2002).
Of Cookery has a running time of 96 minutes and they fly
by quite fast. During that time we've been greatly entertained
and if you're looking for a Stephen Chow-movie outside of Shaolin Soccer, I recommend this one.