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MIPTV Picks 2014: The Search for General Tso

There are close to 50,000 Chinese food restaurants across the United States, and one dish is practically ubiquitous – General Tso's Chicken. Yet the dish's namesake (the general, not the chicken) is a figure cloaked in sticky-sweet mystery to many who indulge.
March 21, 2014


Partners: Directed by Ian Cheney for Wicked Delicate Films; distributed by Cargo Films & Releasing
Length: 1 x 71 minutes
Premiering: Tribeca Film Festival, April 2014
Rights available: All rights worldwide except North America

There are close to 50,000 Chinese food restaurants across the United States, and one dish is practically ubiquitous – General Tso’s Chicken. Yet the dish’s namesake (the general, not the chicken) is a figure cloaked in sticky-sweet mystery to many who indulge. For those who are hungry for answers (or just plain hungry), this lighthearted film blends testimonials from chefs, historical scholars and food lovers to not only complete the picture of the man behind the recipe, but also examine larger topics, such as immigration and adaptation.

About The Author
Senior staff writer Frederick Blichert comes to realscreen with a background as a journalist and freelance film critic. He has previously written for VICE, Paste Magazine, Senses of Cinema, Xtra, Canadian Cinematographer and elsewhere. He holds a Master of Arts in film studies from Carleton University and a Master of Journalism from the University of British Columbia.

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