Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn't open, click the iTunes application icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview, buy, or rent movies, get iTunes now.

Already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download

Soul of a Banquet

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Wayne Wang

Open iTunes to preview, buy, and download this movie.

About the Movie

Director Wayne Wang (THE JOY LUCK CLUB) takes us into the world of Cecilia Chiang, the woman who introduced America to authentic Chinese food. Chiang opened her internationally renowned restaurant The Mandarin in 1961 in San Francisco and went on to change the course of cuisine in America. The film is equal parts a delectable showcase of gastronomy and a touching portrait of Chiang’s journey from a childhood in Beijing before the Cultural Revolution to accidental restaurateur on the west coast of the United States. SOUL OF A BANQUET features interviews with Alice Waters, Ruth Reichl, and Cecilia Chiang herself.

Customer Reviews


The only reason I wouldn't recommend watching this film is because you're GUARANTEED to order in Chinese food afterwards only to realize a few bites in that for the rest of your life you're NEVER going to eat anything as good as what Cecilia Chiang made for her banquet.

Delicious documentary

If you liked JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI, you'll love this. Beautifully photographed, fascinating story of a Chinese food pioneer.

fantastic doc that’ll make you hungry

I caught this movie at a free screening in Brooklyn. Not only is it an interesting look at how authentic Chinese food is prepared, but also provides Cecilia Chiang’s story of her immigration to the United States to avoid the dangers of living in communist China. It’s certainly a feast, with a side of nourishing history lesson!

Soul of a Banquet
View in iTunes
  • $12.99
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Released: 2014

Customer Ratings