Entertainment 'The Search for General Tso" movie review: A tasty treat General Tso's Chicken in "The Search for General Tso." Photographer: Ian Cheney Photo Credit: Ian Cheney By ROBERT LEVIN email@example.com @rlevin85 Updated December 29, 2014 3:49 PM Print Share Share Tweet Share Email "The Search for General Tso" places great importance on the eponymous Chinese dish, a staple of American Chinese restaurants. It wants you to really think about the delicious, savory chicken and sweet-sour sauce, to consider the cultural currents that crossed to produce this hybrid of east and west. This is an unlikely subject for a movie but a strangely beautiful one, hitting poignant notes on a cross-country journey to restaurants in big cities and small towns, all in a bid to understand where this dish came from and what it represents. Documentarian Ian Cheney investigates competing claims over the origin of the dish and, in an amusing segment, heads to China where he perplexes locals with photos of the distinctly American concoction. The movie has more on its mind that an epicurean detective story, though it'd work just fine as an advertisement for delicious cooking. "The Search for General Tso" is short, clocking in at about 71 minutes, but Cheney achieves something special in the way he convincingly advances the movie's central argument: that General Tso's chicken, and the other American Chinese favorites that have swept across this land and into the hearts of its people, are the primary reasons that a century of anti-Chinese discrimination came to an end. You might laugh at the notion of chicken as a great unifying force, but this surprisingly moving flick deep fries any skepticism. ‘The Search for General Tso’ 3 stars Documentary by Ian Cheney Not rated By ROBERT LEVIN firstname.lastname@example.org @rlevin85 Robert, amNewYork's Editor-in-Chief, has been with the team in one capacity or another for more than a decade. He also reviews movies and writes entertainment features. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Comments Comments section is temporarily on hold. Here’s why.