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‘Tradition Well Served’

June 30, 2014
Japan Premiere Screening
As part of a series of global screenings, on March 4th The Peninsula Tokyo premiered “Traditional Well Served”, a documentary tracing the heritage of The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels Limited, the parent company of The Peninsula Hotels and the legacy of the Kadoorie family.
The Grand Ballroom was transformed into a stylish dinner theatre reminiscent of the by-gone era of grand cinemas, and over 130 guests assumed the identities as filmgoers as they were welcomed by smiling page girls with hot popcorn and Champagne. Inside, white leatherette seats and black sofa tables set with a classic Shokado bento feast invited everyone to sit back and relax into the dinnertime show. Afterwards, attendees mingled at a lavish dessert reception featuring Executive Pastry Chef Shigeru Nojima’s famous mango pudding and other original recipes, time-honoured favourites, and of course, Peninsula chocolates.

Produced by Elaine Forsgate Marden and directed by Libby Halliday Palin, Tradition Well Served recounts the birth and rise of Asia’s oldest hotel company with vintage footage and behind-the-scenes clips showing the historical and cultural context underlying each of the ten Peninsula Hotels around the world. Filled with insights to the Kadoorie family and their commitment to luxury hospitality that celebrates the unique spirit of each destination, the 45-minute film transports viewers to each of the properties and their iconic cities, including a preview of the extensive architectural restoration now underway for The Peninsula Paris, slated to open August 1.