Finland, UK, China, 2019
114 minutes, Color
If it's a life-affirming watch from the other side of the world you're needing, then Master Cheng might be just the ticket. In veteran Finnish director Mika Kaurismäki's heartwarming, fish-out-of-water tale, professional chef Cheng travels with his young son to a remote village in Finland following the death of his wife, to connect with an old Finnish friend he once met in Shanghai. Upon arrival, nobody in the picturesque village seems to know his friend but local café owner, Sirkka, offers him accommodation and in return Cheng helps her in the kitchen, surprising the locals with the delights of Chinese cuisine. Gradually his cooking encourages these vastly different cultures to connect and Cheng is soon a celebrated member of the community. Unfortunately his tourist visa is soon to run out and it's up to the villagers to come up with a plan to help him stay.—Various sources
In English and Finnish with English subtitles
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