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|Original title:||Mestari Cheng|
|Genre:||Comedy, Romance, Drama|
|Production country:||Finnland 2019|
|Running time:||Ca. 114 min.|
|Rated:||From 6 years|
Hardly anyone gets lost in the tranquil village of Pohjanjoki in Lapland. The inhabitants are all the more astonished when the Chinese cook Cheng (Pak Hon Chu) shows up here with his son in search of an old friend. Although nobody knows the man Cheng is looking for, the caféowner Sirkka (Anna-Maija Tuokko) offers him and his boy a place to stay. Out of gratitude Cheng helps her in the kitchen - with resounding success: Cheng's delicacies not only delight the palates of the locals, but also attract wealthy tourists. In this way the cook manages to integrate into the small community despite cultural differences. But the harmonious and tasty togetherness could soon come to an end when Cheng's tourist visa expires.
You are in the mood for unagitated, light-footed feel-good cinema again? Then you are in good hands with "Master Cheng in Pohjanjoki" by director Mika Kaurismäki. The quiet comedy is guaranteed not to win any prizes for originality. And after the somewhat tough beginning the finale seems to be very rushed. But apart from that the movie manages to do one thing that is so incredibly important especially in these difficult times: It makes the audience smile and conjures some relaxed cheerfulness into their hearts. Who cares, if not everything in the production is perfect?!
Kaurismäki manages very well to draw the picture of a community in which one simply feels comfortable in a relatively short time. He draws wonderful characters, with whom one likes to spend time, also because of their quirkiness. Thus, he creates the perfect setting for a wonderful romance and a story about the tasty effects of the clash of different cultures. That this is done so completely without any moral pointing fingers and full of refreshing lightness is what makes this movie so worth watching!
"Master Cheng in Pohjanjoki" tells a really nice story with simple but effective means, which is told with a lot of humor, heart and a little bit of melancholy. Cinema to switch off and enjoy - that's for sure: absolutely worth seeing!
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