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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)
"Yin shi nan nu" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  3 August 1994 (USA)
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A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sihung Lung ...
Chu
Yu-Wen Wang ...
Jia-Ning
Chien-Lien Wu ...
Kuei-Mei Yang ...
Sylvia Chang ...
Jin-Rong
Winston Chao ...
Li Kai
Chao-jung Chen ...
Guo Lun
Chit-Man Chan ...
Raymond
Yu Chen ...
Ya-Lei Kuei ...
Madame Liang
Chi-Der Hong ...
Class Leader
Gin-Ming Hsu ...
Coach Chai
Huel-Yi Lin ...
Sister Chang
Shih-Jay Lin ...
Chief's Son
Chin-Cheng Lu ...
Ming-Dao
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Storyline

Senior Master Chef Chu lives in a large house in Taipei with his three unmarried daughters, Jia-Jen, a chemistry teacher converted to Christianity, Jia-Chien, an airline executive, and Jia-Ning, a student who also works in a fast food restaurant. Life in the house revolves around the ritual of an elaborate dinner each Sunday, and the love lives of all the family members. Written by Will Gilbert

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The Ingredients of Life See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Eat Drink Man Woman  »

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$7,294,403 (USA)
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Trivia

The opening sequence - in which a Sunday lunch is lovingly prepared - took over a week to film. See more »

Goofs

As Chu is downing shots at the last Sunday dinner, he spills some on the collar of his jacket. When he stands up to makes his announcement, the stain is gone. See more »

Quotes

Chu: These past two days, I... something wrong?
Jia-Chien: No, it's fine. Nothing.
[Jia-Chien makes a face from the soup]
Chu: Say it!
Jia-Chien: The ham was oversmoked.
Jia-Ning: It's fine.
Jia-Jen: Father probably forgot to taste it.
Jia-Chien: Or his taste is getting worse.
Chu: My taste is fine!
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Featured in A Feast for the Eyes: Ang Lee in Taipei (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

I DO LOVE YOU
Vocal by Haw-Chien Chou
Lyrics by Johnny Chen
Music by Johnny Chen
Arrangement by Tony Lo
Courtesy of Rock Records and Tapes
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Life is full of surprises
28 March 2002 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

This movie is a visually sumptuous confection served up by Ang Lee as a follow-up to The Wedding Banquet.

While some people may be put off that the film is in Mandarin with subtitles (and the DVD does not have a dubbing option), the film is so strong visually that you forget about the subtitles and just admire the thoroughly delightful story.

I found the film's theme very interesting...that life constantly surprises, especially if one opens themselves up to life's possibilities.

Nothing in this film plays out like you expect it to. It is the single common thread between the multiple story lines. If this film has a flaw it is that too many of the changes happen too suddenly, without an examination of the processes that led to the sudden developments.

The food scenes in this film are to die for. In this case, as opposed to being a primarily carnal sensual experience as it is in films like "Chocolat" and "Like Water For Chocolate," food also takes on a rhythmic intensity and meter here. There is amazing energy and balance displayed in the preparation and presentation of the meal. Sort of like Feng Shui for the tummy.

Bon Appetit.


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