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Soul of a Banquet

HD   NR Closed Captioning

Wayne Wang

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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

It is not about cooking nor food

This movie was far away from what we expected.


Not worth watching, very poorly made not a film about Chinese food rather it is about a person first and second a whole lot of closeups of chopping, follow by a private banquet in which very little is conveyed about the actual food.

Delicious documentary

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

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

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