'Dutchmen do not like fish. They like roast pork, with sweet and sour sauce.' This is the idea that the Ho couple, owners of the Chinese-Indian restaurant Oriëntal, has of Dutch people. The Ho family themselves are portrayed a lot more subtly in Chin.Ind. by documentary maker Yan Ting Yuen. Indubitably owing to her Chinese background, she managed to get to the other side of the serving hatch of one of the countless Chinese restaurants, where just as many Chinese immigrant families are earning their daily bread. The film consists of four parts (the four seasons), running parallel to the Cantonese opera The Imperial Flower: the couple met each other at the Cantonese Opera in Hong Kong. During the daily routine of the restaurant ('want sambal?'), the couple tells about their colourful and once-promising artistic past and their persisting, but seemingly unrealisable ambitions.
NL - Netherlands Film Festival Golden Calf (2)