Become an IMDbPro Member Today

Get access to the essential resource for the entertainment industry

Find Contacts & Representation

Showcase Yourself & Find Jobs

Explore Industry Trends & Box Office Data

Stay connected with contact details for over 300,000 industry professionals and companies

Manage your photos and the credits you're Known For, and access thousands of open casting notices

Uncover box office insights and use IMDbPro Track to get personalized industry updates

Start your 30-Day free trial
Already a member?

The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World (2008)

80 min | Documentary

West Lake Restaurant in South China's Changsha can safely call itself the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world, with its staff of 1,000 working 5,000 tables and serving no fewer than 150 ducks per day and 200 snakes per week. The words ...See moreWest Lake Restaurant in South China's Changsha can safely call itself the biggest Chinese restaurant in the world, with its staff of 1,000 working 5,000 tables and serving no fewer than 150 ducks per day and 200 snakes per week. The words of the restaurant's staff and guests are used in the film to paint a picture of modern China: the proprietress, one of the city's 20 self-made millionaires, speaks candidly about her failed marriage; a bridegroom-to-be who is celebrating at the restaurant explains the modern Chinese customs associated with the wedding party; and a waitress visits her poor parents in the countryside. Through these scenes, we gain insight into the unique combination of the ancient religious values and the new capitalist values with which China is stepping into the 21st century. What becomes very clear is that not everyone is set to benefit from the economic boom. In an approach comparable to Jia Zhang-ke's in his portrait of a theme park called "The World," by focusing on the microcosm of the West Lake Restaurant, this film manages to gain a perspective on the huge changes China is going through. Written by IDFA Festival See less
Read more: Plot summary
Director
Composer
Cinematographer
Trending

Become a member to see MOVIEmeter and news information about The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World.

Status
Edit Released
Updated Sep 6, 2008

Release date
Sep 6, 2008 (Canada)

Contacts

Become a member to see contact information for The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World.

Cast

+ Add Cast
0 cast members

Contribute to this section by adding a cast member

There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.
There was an issue loading this tab.

MOVIEmeter

Members only

Become a member to access additional data

Ratings Breakdown

7.3 / 10 | 63 votes