1st BITE DVD release March 24, 2009
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"We kill we eat what we love!"
A sumptuous fable, a Fant'asia' tale of love & destiny.
In love and in life, it's cooking up the passion that counts.
The greatest passion is rewarded with the greatest death.
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Set on a tropical island in Thailand, the film explores the strange plight of a beleaguered chef who, while romancing a mysterious woman, discovers the diabolical Zen of cooking.
Following a near death escape, he returns to Montreal and falls hard for the woman of his life who unfortunately craves only his cooking but not his loving.
Worse still, strange things surfacing around him indicate that his journey to the Far East has deep, divine implications. The stage is set for him to take the 1st Bite of true love and end the cycle of suffering for all involved.
Cast: David La Haye, Leah Pinsent, "Mamee" Napakpapha Nakprasitte, Dr. Mohan Agashe and Michael Ironside.
Director's Comment: "While storytelling in the West weighs heavily on logic and a clear-cut cause and effect in narrative development, many popular South East Asian tales are based on fables, borrowing on classic themes and mythology, such as the philosophy of animism - a belief that objects such as rock and water have souls. Growing up in Malaysia, I was sensitized to such things as spirit, occult and the powerful force of nature." (Hunt Hoe)
"The spellbinding film is a romantic but chilling fable...The acting is impressive, the camera work compelling and story line is strangely enchanting... Unique and progressive, director Hunt Hoe manages to blend "1st Bite" into a mesmerizing rollercoaster ride of legend, depravity, mystique and fantasy."
"Dr Mohan Agashe, an Indian actor who showed us the spiritual side of "1st Bite", and leading man David LaHaye's floundering cook, were phenomenal. But "Mamee" Nakprassite's performance was unparalleled."
Jennifer Guay, The Plant, Montreal
Jennifer Guay's complete article, Love at 1st Bite,
The Plant, Montreal, Vol.36, Issue 18
"A fun ride. The film is gorgeous, well directed and acted. There is an air of contemplation and exoticism that is very appealing."
"The film was well-acted... 'Mamee' Nakprasitte is hauntingly effective... Michael Ironside rounds out the stunning cast... Hoe is anything but conservative in terms of the issues he touches upon, most importantly the exoticization of Asian women in Thailand by Canadians and Aussies, and more namely the business that has spawned off of the exploitation of the stereotype of submission, white women and bulimia, cultural appropriation, eastern philosophy and enlightenment, vampires, and the relative fragrance of durian."
"Consistently compelling visuals make this a rivetting cinematic rollercoaster ride into the world of food, love and spiritual mysteries.
David LaHaye gives a powerful performance and Leah Pinsent find the perfect balance between beauty and repulsiveness in her character..."
Vancouver International Film Festival
Lekha J. Shankar's article, Canada takes its '1st Bite',
The NATION, Bangkok
CAST of 1st BITE
1st BITE Set Photos
"Behind the Scene" Photos
EXCERPTS of MUSIC FROM SOUNDTRACK
On MYSPACE MUSIC, Three songs from 1st Bite's Soundtrack: SAME SAME BUT DIFFERENT (with Thai Rap) (1:05), I DON'T NEED MY BODY (1:08), and LAKES LAMENT * (1:05)
* In competition for the Schulich School of Music, McGill University Film Score Workshop
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