Presented by The Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (Canada)

Special Advance Screening
Fantasia Retro

The God of Cookery (35mm) (Sik San)

Directed by Stephen Chow



Stephen Chow, Lee Lik-Chi


Stephen Chow, Edmund Liu, Tsang Kan-Cheong


Stephen Chow, Karen Mok, Vincent Kuk, Ng Man-Tat

Hong Kong 1996 92 mins OV Cantonese Subtitles : English/Chinese
Genre ComedyMartial Arts

“A jovial and hearty Asian cinema classic... a reminder why Stephen Chow is still a celebrated comedy legend to this day”

“Outrageous, witty and heartfelt”
- Phil Mills, FAR EAST FILMS

Renowned number-one chef Master Chow (Stephen Chow) is arrogant, with delusions of godhood. As a cooking competition judge, he likes to hand out zeroes to any participant with even the slightest of flaws, like undercooking, or having an unflattering face! He believes that he’s truly invincible until a rival tears his reputation to shreds. Stripped of his title and reduced to total shame, Chow seeks refuge in a shady area of Hong Kong, where he meets Twin Blade Turkey (Karen Mok), a fan with ambitious ideas. Together they hatch a new food concept called Pissing Beef Balls, which are dangerously delicious and can cause one to hallucinate and bounce like a ball! But ultimately, Chow must confront his nemesis for a final showdown. To reclaim his former glory, he must journey to Shaolin Temple to begin his expedited training — but will he able to find it in time?

A wildly over-the-top classic in which cooking collides with comedy and kung fu, starring and directed with extreme brilliance by a true king of comedy, award-winner Stephen Chow (SHAOLIN SOCCER, KUNG FU HUSTLE), THE GOD OF COOKERY made such an impression in the West, it almost saw a remake with Jim Carrey, at the time the king of comedy on our shores. Filled with a full course of savage satire, slapstick, dark moments and even social commentary, it’s liable to burst your funnybone. Chow was the reigning box-office champion in Hong Kong and parts of Asia throughout the ’90s, at times outperforming Jackie Chan and Chow Yun-Fat. Satisfy your appetite for unfettered insanity with one of comic genius Chow’s signature films, in savoury 35mm. – King-Wei Chu