Will do for dumplings what Jaws did for water, what IT did for clowns, what...you get the point.
Directed by Fruit Chan, Hong Kong born and a fellow Aries (wooooo!!!), best known for Made in Hong Kong and The Midnight After, Dumplings tells a disturbing fantasy story about abortion, cannibalism, aging and rejuvenation – nothing out of the ordinary there.
Based on the short film Dumplings, directed by Fruit Chan, which was part of the highly acclaimed Three...Extremes trilogy of horror short films. Set in Hong Kong, the story is about Aunt
Performances all around were good. Mrs Li played by Miriam Chin Wah Yeung was the standout as the former actress looking to recapture her youth. Her desperation, while disturbing, was wonderfully played by Miriam. Aunt Mei, played by Bai Ling, who movie goers might remember from The Crow, Shaolin Soccer and Southland Tales does a very convincing job of playing someone who was is actually much older and holds no punches. Tony Ka Fai Leung as Mr Li, plays the sleazy husband too well but in a good way. His grey hair and tanned body is the winner, it was just quite the combination.
Special mention must go to the soundtrack. The haunting score really made the subject matter much more morbid and scary. Not that Dumplings is a scary film, it's not, but the score makes you think it's a paranormal movie but that's the beauty of it.
One of the negatives of the film is sometimes scenes did tend to drag on and felt like characters were repeating themselves.
Overall, I still don't know what quite to make of the movie other than it was interesting, disturbing and erotic all at the same time and that's quite the combination. You'll love it or you'll hate it. I'm somewhere in between. Above average.
Written by Matthew
The main cast of Bai Ling, Miriam Chin Wah Yeung and Tony Ka Fai Leung all featured in the the
short film version of Dumplings.
'Mrs. Li, think of the results, not what it was.'