Chopstick Cinema

Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

About This Week’s Film

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This Week's Film: Cyclo
Cuisine: Vietnamese

As I am already familiar with Vertical Ray of the Sun, and The Scent of Green Papaya, two excellent works by director Anh Hung Tran, I am keen to see Cyclo.

Here is the NetFlix synopsis:

"Vietnamese thespians Le Van Loc and Tran Nu Yen Khe star in this drama (the Best Picture winner at the 1995 Venice Film Festival) about a pedicab driver whose "cyclo" is stolen. Unable to make a living, he goes to great -- and grave -- lengths to put food on his family's table, turning to the mob for work. Soon, he discovers a devastating secret: His sister, desperate to escape poverty, is deeply involved in the seamy underbelly of gang life."

Join me throughout the week on Chopstick Cinema for a closer look at the food and the film. My film review will be posted at the end of the week, along with my Vietnamese recipe.

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