Magazine article Variety

The Search for General Tso

Magazine article Variety

The Search for General Tso

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FILM /TRIBECA

THE SEARCH FOR GENERAL TSO

The hunt for a mystery man of Chinese-American cuisine spreads out across the globe in "The Search for General Tso," an ebullient inquiry into the origins of that staple dish of Chinese restaurants far and wide: General Tso's chicken. Who was this General Tso? And did he really like to eat chicken? Such are the penetrating questions director Ian Cheney ("King Corn") sets out to answer in this generously entertaining docu - a kind of culinary "Searching for Sugar Man" - which also finds room for a thoughtful account of the Chinese-American experience, from the building of the railroads to the age of Panda Express. Cheney is far from the first to venture down the General Tso breadcrumb trail, but the helmer spins it in irresistible fashion, bounding intrepidly from New York to China to small-town, flyover America. …

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