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Eat Drink Man Woman back to product details

Film Parallels The Menu
written 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
written 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.


(Average 7.34)
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