This Is Not What I Expected is a gorgeous food movie and oddball romantic comedy with a pinch of class struggle thrown in to make it interesting
Hong Kong movie freaks will go anyway because it’s produced by Peter Chan (Comrades: Almost A Love Story, Three: Going Home) and stars Takeshi Kaneshiro (The Heroic Trio 2: The Executioners, Chungking Express, Fallen Angels). But for everyone else This Is Not What I Expected is a gorgeous food movie and oddball romantic comedy with a pinch of class struggle thrown in to make it interesting.
Derek Hui’s directorial debut puts at odds a down-on-her-luck, rag-tag chef (Zhou Dongyu) and uptight, finicky, and beaucoup rich hotel chain owner (Kanershiro) who drive each other crazy yet are bonded by their freakish appreciation of food. After the opposites inevitably but uncomfortably attract, it isn’t as much a romance that ensues as it is a series of passionate cooking scenes and orgasmic eating followed by post-culinary naps.
There is plenty of cuteness and awkwardness, as well as some weird humor. The two tripping out on blowfish and wander through the streets of Shanghai is a rather magical scene.
One might say the movie’s ingredients are common or menu is typical, but everything is assembled with the utmost care and top-shelf charisma. Kaneshiro and Zhou light up the screen just like the dishes they eat, and the audience enjoys not only a satisfying meal but a sweet dessert of an ending.
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