The Recipe

The Recipe  {Doenjang}
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The Recipe
South Korea, 2010, 104 Minute Running Time
North American Premiere
Topics: Black Comedy, Road Movie, Romance, Woman Director
Program: World Cinema Now
Language: Korean English Sub-Titles

Mixing romance, crime story, black comedy, missing-persons drama, modern fairy tale and food to near-perfection, The Recipe centers on a TV producer searching for the recipe for an enchanting spicy bean-curd stew--and its elusive creator.

Producer/presenter Choi Yu-jin smells a scoop when he learns that the last request of mass murderer and famed fugitive Kim Jong-gu before he was executed in February 2009 was for a bowl of dwinjang jjigae (beancurd soup stew). Choi then discovers Kim was arrested at the tiny Sanjang Restaurant, in a mountain pine forest outside Seoul, while eating a bowl of dwinjang jjigae so delicious it reduced him to a state of pure bliss. Choi discovers that the soup was made not by the restaurant's owner but by a mysterious young woman, Jang Hye-jin, who turned up one day with a suitcase and was taken in by the owner. Choi becomes obsessed with finding Jang, who's since disappeared, and tracing her precise ingredients and preparation method.

Producer: Jang Jin
Editor: Kim Sang-beom, Kim Jae-beom
Screenwriter: Anna Lee, Jang Jin
Cinematographer: Na Heui-jeok
Music: Han Jae-gweon
Principal Cast: Ryu Seung-ryong, Lee Yo-weon, Lee Dong-wook, Jo Seong-ha, Ryu Seung-mok, Cho Seong-ha, Cho Mun-oi
Filmography: Rub Love (1997)
Print Source: CJ Entertainment -

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