2019 ( Finland | China ) ( Comedy Drama, Romance )
( English, Finnish and Mandarin with English subtitles )
Starring: Pak Hon Chu, Anna-Maija Tuokko, Lucas Hsuan
Director: Mika Kaurismäki
A widowed chef from Shanghai travels with his son to a tiny town in Finland in order to pay his debt to a Finnish friend. But when nobody seems to know the man he’s looking for, Cheng (Pak Hon Chu) starts to help out in the kitchen of the failing local diner. His cooking soon wins over the grizzled locals, who hitherto regarded foreign food as a direct assault on their Finnish manhood. And his thoughtful, gentle personality captures the heart of diner owner Sirkka (Anna-Maija Tuokko).
Master Cheng is a charming comedy and heart-warming romance which tells a gentle tale of a sad stranger embraced by a community who unquestioningly welcome him as one of their own.