Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast （總舖師：移動大廚）
Country Taiwan / Year 2013
Format Color / Scope / DCP
Runtime 145 min
Release Date Aug. 16, 2013 (Taiwan)
Writer & Director CHEN Yu-Hsun
Producers LEE Lieh, YEH Jufeng
Casts LIN Mei-Hsiu, Yo YANG, Kimi HSIA, WU Nian-Jen, KO Yi-Cheng, KING Jieh-Wen
What is Zone Pro Site?
Speaking of Taiwan’s indigenous gastronomic culture, it is best represented by Ban-doh (辦桌), an outdoor banquet. Such an event can be traced back to the agricultural age. At that time restaurants and hotels were few and far between, so wedding receptions and all sorts of feasts usually took place in outdoor spaces or tents. With a couple of simple stoves and long tables as kitchen countertops, every dish was done on the spot. The person in charge of the menu and the procedures was called Zone Pro Site(總舖師),meaning catering chef in Taiwanese. During Ban-doh, Zone Pro Site arrived with nothing but his cooking utensils and he had to show his creativity by coming up with different menus based on the theme of each feast and the ingredients provided. The greatest challenge for Zone Pro Site was, of course, to serve dishes both hosts and guests would fully enjoy. If the food could satisfy the most critical guests, Zone Pro Site would earn respect and become a legendary master chef.
I often think that all the beautiful things in the world come from some people’s “goodwill.” They contribute their wisdom and experiences in their positions, bringing joy to others while fulfilling their creative desires. The whole human civilization thrives on this goodwill; however, beautiful things and good intentions may not live long in the society. In other words, some things are deemed outdated not because they are not good enough. Nowadays, we are likely to lose the chance to establish bonding and other valuable things for the sake of speed and efficiency. The evolution of tools and the easy access to information will not broaden our mind. If we know how to treasure others’ goodwill, we will not be self-centered. Paying more attention to others may lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.
There are masters in every profession. I am blessed that there were so many great ones before me. Whether I know them in person or not, their goodwill always touches me through their works, guiding me to a right path whenever I feel confused. Therefore, I would like to dedicate this film to them with my deepest respect.
More than twenty years ago, there were three Ban-doh (outdoor banquet) master chefs who dominated the catering business in Taiwan. They were known as Master Silly Mortal, Master Ghost Head and Master Fly Spirit. However, the outdoor banquet business has been in decline since Taiwan’s economic take-off, and even the master chefs feel helpless to turn the tide. Master Fly Spirit wants to pass the family recipes and culinary skills on to his only child, Wan, but she desperately wants to run away from the family business and to become a fashion model. Nevertheless, fate proves that Wan is destined to take up the challenge and mission she once shunned …
Writer, Director / CHEN Yu-Hsun
He shot his first feature Tropical Fish in 1995 after years of working with TV series. The film, commercially successful and critically acclaimed, was awarded the Blue Leopard Prize at Switzerland’s Locarno Film Festival and was regarded as one of the most remarkable comedies in the history of Taiwan cinema. His second film Love Go Go (1997) was also well received.
Zone Pro Site: The Moveable Feast is the long-awaited and highly-anticipated feature from Chen. This time Chen tells a story of how a group of ordinary people trying to revive the legacy of Zone Pro Site, through which Chen aims to demonstrate how exuberant people can be while pursing happiness. Zone Pro Site is a magnificent moving feast that you cannot miss on the big screen. It will definitely make your mouth watering.
2011 Hippocamp Hair Salon (10+10之海馬洗頭) (short)
2010 Middle-Aged Juliet (茱麗葉) (short) (aka “One More Juliet” , one short of triptych film Juliets)
1997 Love Go Go (愛情來了) (feature)
1995 Tropical Fish (熱帶魚) (feature)
Locarno Film Festival – Blue Leopard Prize, Fipresci Prizes
Montpellier International Film Festival – Gold Panda Award
Golden Horse Awards – Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress
Vancouver International Film Festival – Competition
LIN Mei-Hsiu (as AiFong / Master Fly Spirit’s wife)
LIN Mei-Hsiu first gained her popularity in a series of TV commercials directed by Chen Yu-Hsun. Ever since, she has participated in TV productions, stage plays, and movies. In 2003, she made her debut in Black Dog Is Coming (黑狗來了), which won her the Best Supporting Actress of the 40th Golden Horse Award. In 2012, she won the Best Supporting Actress of the 47th Golden Bell Award for her performance in the super hit TV drama In Time With You (我可能不會愛你).
Yo YANG (as Hai)
Yo YANG made his debut in Formula 17(2004), which won him the Best New Performer of the 41st Golden Horse Award. From then on, Yang has taken part in numerous commercials, TV dramas and movies, such as Blood Brothers (2007), Snow Fall in Taipei (2009), and Au Revoir Taipei (2010). Earlier this year, Yang’s popularity reached a new peak with the huge box-office hit comedy David Loman (2013).
Kimi HSIA (as Wan / Master Fly Spirit’s daughter)
Starting as model, Hsia has been actively involved in TV dramas, commercials and stage productions. In 2008, she began to host the popular TV cooking show Stylish Men- the Chef (型男大主廚) and has developed her gourmet taste and culinary skills. Her talent as hostess was acknowledged by taking home the Best Host in a Variety Program of the 46th Golden Bell Award.
In 2013, she took a part in Arvin CHEN’s Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?(明天記得愛上我), which was selected in the Panorama Section of Berlinale and Tribeca Film Festival. Hsia has gradaully become known internationally and is no doubt a promising young actress.
Producer / LEE Lieh
2013 Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? (明天記得愛上我)
2011 Jump Ashin! (翻滾吧！阿信)
2009 Monga (艋舺)
2008 Orz Boyz (囧男孩)
Producer / YEH Jufeng
2012 Gf*Bf (女朋友。男朋友)
2010 Zoom Hunting (獵豔)
2008 Winds Of September (九降風)
2007 God Man Dog (流浪神狗人)
2005 The Wayward Cloud (天邊一朵雲)
2001 What Time Is It There? (你那邊幾點?)
2000 Fleeing by Night (夜奔)
1997 Murmur of Youth (美麗在唱歌)
Busan International Film Festival - Open Cinema
Tokyo International Film Festival - World Focus
Hawaii International Film Festival
Hong Kong Asian Film Festival
Taiwan Film Days by San Francisco Film Society
Toronto Reel Asian Film Festival
San Diego Asian Film Festival
Aug. 16, 2013
Movie review: Zone Pro Site
Chen Yu-hsun’s first feature after 16 years is a highly entertaining comedy based on bandoh, a unique form of Taiwanese banquet culture
After disappearing from the film scene for 16 years following Tropical Fish (熱帶魚) and Love Go Go (愛情來了), director Chen Yu-hsun (陳玉勳) returns with Zone Pro Site (總舖師), a comedy centered on bandoh (辦桌, lit: setting up table), the traditional Taiwanese outdoor banquet typically held at special events such as weddings, festivals and babies’ one-month-old celebrations.
With an ample budget of NT$70 million and seven investors including Warner Bros, Chen Yu-hsun’s comedy has the look of a summer blockbuster with an A-list cast of actors, sleek production values and abundant supply of good-natured humor. But what makes the film stand out is its attention to the emotional side of the story, which revolves around the art of the Taiwanese banquet catering.