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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Cast: Sihung Lung, Sihung Lung, Yang Kuei-Mei, more...
Director: Ang Lee, Ang Lee
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: MGM
Genre: Foreign, Taiwan
Running Time: 124 min.
Languages: Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
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Director Ang Lee's follow-up to his surprise box-office hit The Wedding Banquet is another look at ethnic and sexual conflicts in a Chinese family, with meals as a centerpiece of the film. Master chef Chu (Sihung Lung) is a long-time widower who lovingly cooks large Sunday dinners for his three daughters, who view the meals as too traditional. Secretly, however, successful airline executive Jia-Chien (Chien-Lien Wu) loves traditional cooking and would like to be a chef like her father, if women were permitted to do so. Her older sister Jia-Jen (Kuei-Mei Yang) is unmarried and cynical about men, but she becomes attracted to a volleyball coach and eventually pursues him vigorously. The youngest daughter, Jia-Ning (Yu-Wen Wang), is a college student who becomes pregnant from her frequent sexual escapades. As the film progresses, the personal relationships between the daughters and their significant others change unexpectedly. ~ Michael Betzold, All Movie Guide

Special Features:

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GreenCine Member Reviews

Film Parallels The Menu by squad October 25, 2004 - 4:32 PM PDT
3 out of 3 members found this review helpful
Ang Lee says in his commentary extra that this is the first film where he had sufficient budget for quality production. It shows. I am reminded of the film "Diva" where each scene is crafted. I appreciate a film that is painstakingly made. The scenery and locations are as delicious as the food. The story is relatively complex with several relationships developing at once, like a multi-course meal. For my tastes in film this is a masterwork which stands above most others.

You'll just be hungry again in an hour by elvlee June 11, 2004 - 3:54 AM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
Ang Lee is well known for his family-oriented comedies, and this is definitely one of his best. The film centers around a father and his three daughters in modern Taiwan. What becomes apparent is that the mother (who has since passed away) was the bridge between father and daughter, and without her, the two parties are clueless as to how they can relate with one another.

As much a comedy as it is a jab at the modern Chinese family (the problem being that it in many ways still resembles the "old" Chinese family) ... Eat Drink Man Woman is overall an excellent film. However, it is interesting to note that the elaborate and well-shot cooking scenes overshadow the story -- not overtly, but rather in a subtle manner. For example, long after you have watched the film, what you will most likely remember the most is the food. And in what context does this film tend to get passed by word of mouth? When talking about food. In some ways, Ang Lee's use of powerful food imagery has hurt his ability to tell as effective a story as he might have been able to otherwise.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 7.34)
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