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A man on deathrow wants to taste "doenjang jjigae" (a spicy Korean bean paste stew) before he dies. Television producer Choi Yu Jin hears of the inmate and researches his story for an upcoming news report. Yu Jin then comes across a mysterious woman named Jang Hye Jin who makes doenjang jjigae that brings tears of joy to those who tastes her recipe. As Yu Jin delves further, he learns of Hye Jin's heartbreaking relationship with Kim Hyun Soo. Edit Translation

  • English
  • Español
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2010
  • Duration: 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Score: 7.0 (scored by 428 users)
  • Ranked: #38365
  • Popularity: #3592
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older

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13 people found this review helpful
Jul 10, 2011
Completed 0
Overall 9.0
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 9.0
Rewatch Value 6.0
The Recipe is laid out almost like a treasure hunt; with the treasure being a woman who makes the most delicious Doenjang Stew. The search for her yields clues to the recipe for the stew and the story of the woman, both being intertwined. It also uncovers a love story within.

Almost the whole first half is the reporter looking for and discovering clues that lead to her, step by step, person by person that touched her life. Once he gets close enough, you get a glimpse of her life and her love and the story of how her delicious recipe came to be. It's a little slow going at first but don't let that stop you.

This movie has an ethereal, magical quality to it and it made me want to eat Doenjang Stew really bad...even though I've never had it in my life.

The story is beautifully written and very well acted. The Ume tree forests, the soybean fields and the mountains are all shot beautifully. Once again, Lee Yo Won does a great job and Lee Dong Wook is wonderful. Ryu Seong Ryong plays the reporter and I really like him in this. (He played the gay art gallery owner in Personal Taste) This is a very different role. I didn't recognize him at first.

This is a small, quiet movie but it's a lovely story. I wasn't bored at all but I think you have to be in the mood for quiet.

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5 people found this review helpful
Aug 25, 2013
Completed 0
Overall 6.0
Story 6.0
Acting/Cast 7.0
Music 7.0
Rewatch Value 3.0
Had no idea what the executed man had to do with it but the story was on the pursuit of the recipe and the woman who made it. If you didn't watch to the you, this story would have totally lost you. Had it started with the last 35 min when LDW came in, I might have liked it better because that is when it got interesting. The romance was very interesting and would have been better suited to begin the story and not shown at the very end. I wonder how many people dropped this before that point in the movie. It's amazing I stuck with it. If you have a dying interesting in one of the methods of making soybean paste, this might peak your interest; otherwise, I'd skip it.

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  • Movie: The Recipe
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Oct 21, 2010
  • Duration: 1 hr. 47 min.
  • Content Rating: 13+ - Teens 13 or older


  • Score: 7.0 (scored by 428 users)
  • Ranked: #38365
  • Popularity: #3592
  • Watchers: 1,065

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