Keep up-to-date on your favourite artists and movies, track gig and release dates, and join in the conversation.
SEARCH RESULTS FOR
259 feature films. 19 days. 1 city. The 2019 Melbourne International Film Festival was a huge success - check out our reviews here!x
review, The Wandering Chef, The, Wandering, Chef, film, movie, latest movies, new movie, movie ratings, current movie reviews, latest films, recent movies, current movies, movie critics, new movie reviews, latest movie reviews, latest movies out, the latest movies, review film, latest cinema releases, Australian reviews, cinema, cinema reviews, Jiho Im, Soon-Gyu Kim, Hye-Ryoung Park

THE WANDERING CHEF

★★★★

A DELICIOUS TALE OF HUMAN CONNECTION

SYDNEY FILM FESTIVAL REVIEW
LATEST REVIEWS
By Lily Meek
13th June 2019

There's nothing more refreshing than a movie that completely blows all your expectations and prejudices out of the water. If I'm being completely honest, I was quite reluctant after a long Tuesday at work to watch a Korean documentary about a nomadic chef. It is not an exaggeration to say that no film has ever surprised me to the extent of 'The Wandering Chef' by Hye-Ryoung Park.

The documentary explores the journey of Korean celebrity chef Jiho Im. After finding out he was adopted at a young age, he sets out on a journey to find his biological mother. Learning about her death, he soon receives news that the mother who raised him has also passed. 'The Wandering Chef' is a story far beyond creative cooking. Honest and raw, Park reveals a story of humanity and vulnerability. Jiho Im lives two lives - one of the successful chef, and the other a man passionate for food and community. On his travels he meets Soon-Gyu Kim, an elderly woman. In exchange for wisdom, Im cooks for her and her husband. Park's story is a reflection on an unlikely human connection, depicting how relationships have the capability to restore creativity and resolve unanswered questions about ourselves.

'THE WANDERING CHEF' TRAILER

There is something commendable about Jiho Im's courage. His vulnerability is a true portrayal of his gumption. He immerses you in the narrative of his life and cooking, making viewers a participant within his story. Witnessing the companionship in existence between Soon-Gyu and Jiho is a privilege. Soon-Gyu presents him with an avenue to feel safe and comfortable in a way that only a mother could do. She makes up for his lost time and provides resolution for something within him that was once broken. Soon-Gyu is a force to be reckoned with. If Im doesn't draw you in, then Kim certainly will. Cheeky, kind, and the embodiment of unconditional love, this little old lady really does epitomise the kind of old we all want to be. It is her presence that lies at the heart of the film, the rest is merely a dedication to her welcoming spirit. There are few films that I can recall that really grant you the access to witness something as special as this. If the relationship of these two doesn't have your heart singing, then the motivation to find yourself inspired by the film will.

The standout of this film is its ability to reflect back inherit values we wish we possessed, especially in times of trial.

A little amateur at times in light of the cinematography and sound, this all becomes nothing short of charming in light of the film’s story. 'The Wandering Chef' is the perfect example of how a strong and gratifying narrative can leave technicalities and logistics in the dust. People crave real-life examples of overcoming struggle and suffering, to help us to overcome our own challenges. Im's story is one of honesty, relatability and discovery. It's a display of human trials and how to overcome obstacles with humility and grace. The standout of this film is its ability to reflect back inherit values we wish we possessed, especially in times of trial. Its greatest asset is the life lessons it teaches.

FAST FACTS
RELEASE DATE: TBA
RUN TIME: 1h 30m
CAST: Jiho Im
Soon-Gyu Kim
DIRECTOR: Hye-Ryoung Park
TOP-RATED REVIEWS
Looking for more Sydney Film Festival reviews? Click here to check out our collection of this year's highlights.
The Nightingale - A dark, vengeful song
TRENDINGWIN THE NIGHTINGALEA dark, vengeful song
Amazing Grace - A stunning moment from Aretha Franklin's life
TRENDINGWIN AMAZING GRACEA stunning moment from Aretha Franklin's life
And Then We Danced - A passionate and remarkable classic in the making
TRENDINGAND THEN WE DANCEDA passionate and remarkable classic in the making
Portrait of a Lady on Fire - A perfect film on the language of desire
TRENDINGPORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIREA perfect film on the language of desire
The Australian Dream - The conversation Australia needs to have
TRENDINGTHE AUSTRALIAN DREAMThe conversation Australia needs to have
Danger Close: The Battle of Long Tan - Close to home
TRENDINGDANGER CLOSE: THE BATTLE OF LONG TANClose to home
The Third Wife - Artistic, painful and beautiful
TRENDINGTHE THIRD WIFEArtistic, painful and beautiful
River's Edge - The kids aren't alright
TRENDINGRIVER'S EDGEThe kids aren't alright
Cerulean Blue - Promising debut for a new voice in Australian cinema
TRENDINGCERULEAN BLUEPromising debut for a new voice in Australian cinema
Between Land and Sea - Surfing, Irish-style
TRENDINGBETWEEN LAND AND SEASurfing, Irish-style
The Seer and the Unseen - Elves and environmentalism under the Northern Lights
TRENDINGTHE SEER AND THE UNSEENElves and environmentalism under the Northern Lights
Booksmart - Say hello to the next great voice in female filmmaking
TRENDINGBOOKSMARTSay hello to the next great voice in female filmmaking
Sunburn - Barely warm
TRENDINGSUNBURNBarely warm
Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - Another Tarantino classic
TRENDINGONCE UPON A TIME IN HOLLYWOODAnother Tarantino classic
Take Me Somewhere Nice - The road less travelled
TRENDINGTAKE ME SOMEWHERE NICEThe road less travelled
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw - Very furious, not so fast
TRENDINGFAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAWVery furious, not so fast
Melbourne International Film Festival 2019 - The reviews
TRENDINGMELBOURNE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019The reviews
Undertow - Diving into the depths of obsession
TRENDINGUNDERTOWDiving into the depths of obsession
And Then We Danced - A passionate and remarkable classic in the making
TRENDINGAND THEN WE DANCEDA passionate and remarkable classic in the making
Portrait of a Lady on Fire - A perfect film on the language of desire
TRENDINGPORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIREA perfect film on the language of desire
© 2011 - 2019 midnightproductions
All rights reserved

Support SWITCH | Disclaimer | Contact Us