Final Recipe

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Final Recipe
Final Recipe poster.jpg
Film poster
Directed byGina Kim
Screenplay byGeorge Huang
Story byGina Kim
Produced by
  • Yeonu Choi
  • Jeong Tae-sung
  • Steven Nam
  • Gina Kim
  • Kim Young-ho
  • Kim Jun-young
Edited bySteve M. Choe
Music byMok Young-jin
Release date
  • September 21, 2013 (2013-09-21) (SSIFF)
Running time
97 minutes
  • South Korea
  • Thailand

Final Recipe is a 2013 South Korean-Thai drama film directed by Gina Kim and written by George Huang, who adapted a story by Kim. It stars Michelle Yeoh, Henry Lau, and Chin Han. Lau plays a young man who must impress the host of a cooking show (Yeoh) and her chef husband (Han) to save his grandfather's restaurant. It premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival.


Red Phoenix's Singaporean restaurant is in danger of going out of business due to the owner Hao's difficult personality. Hao was once a famous chef. Now Hao's only hope is that his grandson Mark (Yi han) enters a prestigious university to become an engineer. However Mark's dream is to follow his grandfather's footsteps and become a chef and take over the family restaurant. Mark secretly travels to Shanghai to attend a cooking competition without his grandfather's knowledge and consent. He takes the place of a contestant who did not show up. Finally he competes against talented chefs from Japan, Korea and Australia, and freely shows off ravishing cooking skills that he has accumulated from his grandfather over the years.

As Mark wins round after round and gains attention, Julia, the contest producer notices something peculiar about him, then slowly realizes that Mark and her husband David resemble each other.



Production started in Thailand on May 24, 2012,[1] and the film was reported to be in post-production by January 31, 2013.[2]


Final Recipe premiered at the San Sebastián International Film Festival[3] on September 21, 2013.[4]


Jay Weissberg of Variety called it a shallow and predictable film but said that Yeoh "makes the saccharine flavors go down slightly better".[5] Clarence Tsui of The Hollywood Reporter described it as "a mild, feel-good tale about reconciliation of three generations of a cookery-gifted clan".[6] Mark Adams of Screen Daily wrote, "The heart of Final Recipe may be pure melodrama, but it is a glossy and enjoyable journey."[7]


  1. ^ Frater, Patrick (2012-05-24). "Yeoh stirred by CJ's Recipe". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  2. ^ Frater, Patrick (2013-01-31). "Yeoh to be hailed at Asian Film Awards". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  3. ^ Lee, Claire (2013-10-14). "CJ's Pan-Asian film in English opens Hawaii International Film Fest". The Korea Herald. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  4. ^ "Final Recipe". San Sebastián International Film Festival. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  5. ^ Weissberg, Jay (2013-09-30). "San Sebastian Film Review: 'Final Recipe'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  6. ^ Tsui, Clarence (2013-09-26). "Final Recipe: San Sebastian Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2016-04-02.
  7. ^ Adams, Mark (2013-09-23). "Final Recipe". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2016-04-02.

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