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The Search for General Tso (2015)

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Theatrical Performance
Domestic Box Office $41,455Details
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This mouthwateringly entertaining film travels the globe to unravel a captivating culinary mystery. General Tso's chicken is a staple of Chinese-American cooking, and a ubiquitous presence on restaurant menus across the country. But just who was General Tso? And how did his chicken become emblematic of an entire national cuisine? Director Ian Cheney journeys from Shanghai to New York to the American Midwest and beyond to uncover the origins of this iconic dish, turning up surprising revelations and a host of humorous characters along the way. Told with the verve of a good detective story, The Search for General Tso is as much about food as it is a tale of the American immigrant experience.


Rotten Tomatoes
Critics FreshAudience Upright
94% - Fresh
75% - Upright

Latest Ranking on Cumulative Box Office Lists

Movie Details

Domestic Releases: January 2nd, 2015 (Limited) by Sundance Selects
Video Release: July 7th, 2015 by Sundance Channel Home Entertainment
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
Running Time: 72 minutes
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Keywords: Food, Asian-Americans, China, Early / Simultaneous Video on Demand release
Source:Based on Real Life Events
Production Method:Live Action
Creative Type:Factual
Production Companies: Wicked Delicate Films
Production Countries: China,
Taiwan, Province of China,
United States

Ranking on other Records and Milestones

Days In
Biggest 4th Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 7,696 $1,744 Jan 23, 2015 24
Biggest 2nd Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 8,197 $9,055 Jan 9, 2015 10
Biggest Opening Weekend at the Domestic Box Office 9,352 $9,336 Jan 2, 2015 3


Ed Schoenfeld    Himself
Michael Tong    Himself
Sue Lee    Herself
Harley Spiller    Himself
David Chan    Himself
Harlan Lee    Himself
Anna Lee    Herself
Robert G. Lee    Himself
Bonnie Tsui    Herself
Andrew Coe    Himself

Production and Technical Credits

Producer    Jennifer 8. Lee
Producer    Amanda Murray
Editor    Frederick Shanahan
Composer    Ben Fries
Composer    Simon Beins
Animation    Sharon Shattuck
Cinematographer    Ian Cheney
Cinematographer    Taylor Gentry
Co-Producer    Curt Ellis
Co-Producer    Donald Lacey
Co-Producer    Eric T. Lee
Co-Producer    Julia Marchesi
Co-Producer    Lily Spottiswoode
Associate Producer    Taylor Krauss
Associate Producer    Cynthia Lee
Sound Editor    Barbara Parks
Re-recording Mixer    Peter Levin

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Weekend Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/01/02 59 $9,336   2 $4,668   $9,336 3
2015/01/09 61 $9,055 -3% 13 $697   $22,276 10
2015/01/23 85 $1,744   3 $581   $36,800 24

Daily Box Office Performance

Weekly Box Office Performance

DateRankGross% ChangeTheatersPer TheaterTotal GrossDays
2015/01/02 61 $13,221   2 $6,611   $13,221 7
2015/01/09 60 $13,400 +1% 13 $1,031   $26,621 14
2015/01/16 73 $8,435 -37% 10 $844   $35,056 21
2015/01/23 90 $1,952 -77% 3 $651   $37,008 28
2015/01/30 95 $158 -92% 2 $79   $37,166 35
2015/02/13 92 $1,251   4 $313   $41,455 49

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