Spicy Love Soup

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Spicy Love Soup
Traditional 愛情麻辣燙
Simplified 爱情麻辣烫
Mandarin Aìqíng málà tāng
Directed by Zhang Yang
Produced by Zhang Peimin
Written by Zhang Yang
Cai Shangjun
Diao Yi'nan
Liu Fendou
Music by Jia Minshu
Cinematography Zhang Jian
Edited by Yang Hongyu
Distributed by Xi'an Film Studio
Release date
  • May 1997 (1997-05)
Running time
109 minutes
Language Mandarin
Budget US$200,000[1]

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.[1]

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.

Spicy Love Soup was, in addition, the first film in mainland China to see a simultaneous release of a soundtrack, consisting largely of contemporary pop songs.[1]


First vignette[edit]

Second vignette[edit]

Third vignette[edit]

Fourth vignette[edit]

Fifth vignette[edit]

Sixth vignette[edit]


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.[1] 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.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Elley, Derek (1998-06-28). "Spicy Love Soup Review". Variety. Retrieved 2007-11-30. 
  2. ^ Lowerison, Jan. "Shower". San Diego Metropolitan Magazine. Retrieved 2007-12-01. [dead link]

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