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Hao's only hope is that his grandson Mark enters a prestigious university, but Mark's dream is to follow his grandfather's footsteps and become a chef and take over the family restaurant. Due to Hao's difficult personality, the restaurant is on the verge of bankruptcy and he finally collapses. In order to save the restaurant, Mark enters a cooking contest without his grandfather's knowledge and consent in Shanghai. He competes against talented chefs from Japan, Korea and Australia, and freely shows off ravishing cooking skills that he has accumulated from his grandfather over the years. As Mark wins round after round and gains attention, Julia, the contest producer notices something peculiar about him, then slowly realizes that Mark and her husband David resemble each other. Written by CJ Entertainment Edit Translation

  • English
  • 한국어
  • 中文(简体)
  • magyar / magyar nyelv
  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Sep 21, 2013
  • Duration: 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 228 users)
  • Ranked: #3838
  • Popularity: #8916
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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The Butterfly
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Apr 19, 2023
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Overall 8.0
Story 7.5
Acting/Cast 8.5
Music 7.5
Rewatch Value 8.0
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"What does family taste like?"

Final Recipe was like a serving of Grandma's favorite dish. There was nothing unexpected, it was cozy, familiar, and comforting. No matter who in the family makes her recipe, it brings back memories and binds people through those flavors and stories.

Final Recipe was a South Korean production with a multi-cultural cast, set in both Singapore and Shanghai. Henry Lau (Canadian fluent in Mandarin and Korean) as Mark, is a high school student in Singapore who dreams of becoming a chef. His grandfather, Chang Tseng (born in China, emigrated to Canada in 1994) refuses to let him enter the family restaurant business insisting that he go to college and become an engineer. Lori Tan Chinn (American) as Mrs. Wang plays referee between the two. When it's clear the restaurant will have to close, Mark decides to secretly take part in a famous cooking contest in Shanghai called Final Recipe to help his grandfather. Run by Michelle Yeoh's Julia (Malaysian) and her husband Master Chef David Chan (Ng Han Chin-Singapore), the contest is open to people from around the world. With the film's emphasis on family, it's no surprise that family secrets will bubble to the surface of this multi-generational stew.

Henry Lau was effervescent as Mark and a real bright spot in the movie as he dealt with his beloved grandfather and also when he sought unusual paths to making recipes work. Michelle Yeoh ended up being the bridge between generations, correcting mistakes made in the past. Mrs. Wang saw beyond the moment and dealt with the little family with humor and wisdom. Chin Han was more of the straight man in his role as the master chef as was Chang Tseng's stubborn grandfather. Both characters would have to deal with their decisions from the past. The team Mark worked with during the contest brought some nice conflict and comedy among the comrades in flames.

The story in this film was not particularly unique and had huge plot holes. What it did have was heart and warmth that poured out in every scene. The film showed how food and heritage can bind people even when distance has kept them apart. It also showed how families can become locked into rigid cycles. A parent wanting a child to follow in their footsteps or not wanting that for the younger generation, desperately desiring something better for them. Ultimately, the older generation had to realize that the children and grandchildren must choose their own paths which may take them on the road to be more successful or cause them to make mistakes as well. Though their paths may diverge, food and family are still intricately bound together.

Final Recipe's recipes were a true joy to visually experience. The delectable dishes bordered on food porn at times and were treats for the eyes. This is not a film to watch on an empty stomach, be sure to have a snack nearby.

I wish the story had been stronger, yet even with the plot flaws, the characters caused me to flow right along with them on their improbable journey. The healing and reconciliations while over-simplified still brought a smile to this viewer. In the end, Final Recipe was a charming and heartwarming film about family and the food that ties them together that left me gently satisfied.

4/19/23


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Overall 9.0
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Rewatch Value 8.0
One good movie about cooking & family. Every family have their own story & regret. This movie tell stories about regret, dream & family. But in the end, family is the most important & for family it's never too late to apologize.

Every actor play their role very good. Although I already guess the end of the story, but there's still some stories they can tell us.

Weirdly although this state this is south korea drama, but all the artist, language, even cooking nothing represent Korea, all represent china ^_^

Overall: for you who like to watch show like master chef, top chef or anything cook show related, this movie is for you. Just watch this.

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  • Movie: Final Recipe
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Sep 21, 2013
  • Duration: 1 hr. 38 min.
  • Content Rating: Not Yet Rated

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  • Score: 7.8 (scored by 228 users)
  • Ranked: #3838
  • Popularity: #8916
  • Watchers: 895

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