Offers a unique perspective on the way China is heading. China is a country in a period of
rapid transition. The enormity of the country means that it is increasingly flexing its muscle
on the world stage, showing tremendous economic and political power and providing over a
billion potential "consumers" to the international market. It has a GDP of almost $2 trillion
and is one of the world's largest exporters. With increasing urbanisation and a loosening of
state controls, the Chinese way of life is transforming itself minute by minute. Before the
Olympics rolled into Beijing, the world readied itself to break open China's doors and get a
brief glimpse of life inside.
The West Lake, Xihulou, Restaurant in Changsha is the gargantuan and dramatic setting for
this observational documentary. The restaurant is a miracle of management, organisation
and efficiency. It recently catered a company banquet, serving 3,800 people simultaneously.
This 5,000-seater temple to food is a symbol of the new China; a microcosm of the
economic and social changes shaking up the country in the run up to the Olympics. It is
bigger, bolder and better than the competition and it's a business success story that is very
Chinese in nature.
The Biggest Chinese Restaurant in the World is an observational, character-led
documentary. Narrative follows the different characters that work or dine at the West Lake -
the waiters, chefs and managers, the dynamic owner, the customers and the suppliers - each
providing a different face of contemporary China. What aspirations and hopes do the West
Lake's staff have for their future? How do they spend their time when not working in the
West Lake? And how are they adapting to business rather than the State providing their
Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Widescreen
Running Time: 120 mins
Audio: Dolby Digital 2.0