About the Film:
Hainan (HI-Nahn) Chicken Rice: one of the staples of Singaporean cuisine, a Chinese risotto sizzled in a pan and simmered in chicken stock, glistening with chicken essence and fragrant with ginger, every grain plump and separate yet chewy and bursting with juice.
After being abandoned by her husband twelve years earlier, Jen (Sylvia Chang; "Eat Drink Man Woman", "The Red Violin." Best Actress of Hong Kong Film Awards 2002 - "Forever and Ever"), raised her three sons alone. She uses her mother's secret Hainan Chicken Rice recipe and opened a restaurant to support the family.
Her two older sons, Daniel and Harry are gay, as a woman with traditional values, Jen is fretful that she would have no grandchildren, if Leo, too, turns out to be gay. Together she and best friend, Kim Chui (Martin Yan; famous Chinese cuisine TV Chef "Yan Can Cook") devise a plan to keep Leo straight by bringing in a French exchange student to live with them. She is Leo's age and her name is Sabine. Leo develops a strange but intriguing relationship with her, which greatly pleases Jen.
However, things begin to crumble for her again when Kim Chui becomes "the toast of the town" with his invention of a new dish deeply challenging her Chicken Rice. Kim Chui becomes a national celebrity overnight, and Jen's self-esteem is threatened. Finally, their conflicts come to a head when Jen participates in a cooking contest with Kim Chui and other chefs from Singapore. Food unexpectedly becomes a medium that not only nourishes their bodies but also opens their hearts.
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Also Known As: Hainan Chicken Rice (Hong Kong: English title) Rice Rhapsody (International: English title)
Runtime: Hong Kong:106 min (DVD version)
Country: Singapore / Hong Kong / Australia
Language: English / Mandarin / French
Sound Mix: Dolby Digital
Certification: Singapore:M18 / Hong Kong:IIA
Quotes: Sabine: Live your life and don't stop for anything. (more)
Awards: 3 nominations (more)
JCE Movies Limited & ARCLIGHT FILMS, SINGAPORE FILM COMMISSION
Jackie Chan ....executive producer
Willie Chan ....executive producer
Gary Hamilton ....executive producer
Duncan Jepson ....co-producer
Rosa Li ....producer
Solon So ....executive producer
Production Consultant: Sylvia Chang
Directed and Written by: Kenneth Bi
Original Music by: Masahiro Kawasaki
Cinematography by: Wah-Chuen Lam
Sylvia Chang ....Jen
Martin Yan ....Kim Chui
Mélanie Laurent ....Sabine
LePham Tan ....Leo
Craig Toh ....Harry
Alvin Chiang ....Daniel
Maggie Q ....Gigi
Ivy Ling ....Grandma
Ronald Bi ....Grandpa
Samuel Chong ....Master of Ceremony
Steph Song ....Jennifer
Film format: 35mm feature
Aspect ratio: 1.85 : 1
Audio format: Dolby SRD
Subtitles: Chinese and English
Running time: 106 mins
World sales: Emperor Motion Pictures
Copyright: © 2004 JCE Movies Ltd.
All Rights Reserved.
Theatrical release: 20th January 2005
Theatre: AMC Festival Walk, Cine-Art House,
Broadway Cinematheque, Golden Gateway,
GH Mong Kok, Tsuen Wan Broadway,
UA Shatin, Palace IFC