Spicy Love Soup
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|Spicy Love Soup|
|Mandarin||Aìqíng málà tāng|
|Directed by||Zhang Yang|
|Produced by||Zhang Peimin|
|Written by||Zhang Yang
|Music by||Jia Minshu|
|Edited by||Yang Hongyu|
|Distributed by||Xi'an Film Studio|
Spicy Love Soup (Chinese: 爱情麻辣烫; pinyin: Aìqíng Má Là Tāng) is a 1997 Chinese film directed by Zhang Yang and written by Zhang, Liu Fendou, Cai Shangjun, and Diao Yi'nan based on a story by Zhang and Peter Loehr. Spicy Love Soup was produced by Loehr's Imar Film Company, Xi'an Film Studio, and Taiwanese financing.
The film is Zhang's directorial debut and would prove to be a launching pad for those both in front and behind the cameras. Screenwriters Cai Shangjun (The Red Awn) and Diao Yi'nan (Uniform, Night Train) have since gone on to direct their own films, while Liu Fendou has expanded into both directing (Green Hat) and film production (Zhang Yibai's Spring Subway). The cast is also notable for the debuts of two of China's most popular actresses, Gao Yuanyuan and Xu Jinglei.
The film is an anthology of sorts, and tells its story of love and life in modern Beijing through a series of five vignettes.
- Tang Sifu, an elderly widow
- Li Mei, her daughter
- Liu Zhao, a suitor
- Li Tang, a suitor
- Wen Xingyu, a suitor
Released internationally in London's East West Film Festival in June 1998, Spicy Love Soup was generally well received by western critics. Derek Elley of Variety cited the film as being a pioneering example of the "well directed" Chinese movie, that nevertheless doesn't fall into the camp of "artier" fare. The film was also well received in mainland China, where it had been released a year earlier, where it became one of the most successful independent films released domestically.
- Spicy Love Soup at the Internet Movie Database
- Spicy Love Soup at AllMovie
- Spicy Love Soup at the Chinese Movie Database