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

Unrated  |   |  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 overview, first billed only:
Sihung Lung ...
Yu-Wen Wang ...
Chien-Lien Wu ...
Kuei-Mei Yang ...
Sylvia Chang ...
Li Kai
Chao-jung Chen ...
Guo Lun
Chit-Man Chan ...
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 ...


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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$7,294,403 (USA)

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


When Madame Liang arrives by cab at her house together with her daughter and her grandchild, it is heavily raining, however, right in front of the taxi the road is wet, but there are no rain drops visible, in particular not in the puddle right in font of the cab. See more »


Chu: Men die for money, birds die for food. It's not worth dying for food for a man.
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Referenced in 3rd Rock from the Sun: Eat, Drink, Dick, Mary (1998) See more »


Vocal by Chin-Cheng Lu
Lyrics by Johnathan Lee
Music by Ryo Aska
Arrangment by Chris Babida
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Ang Lee's cinematic banquet
22 July 2001 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Ang Lee has turned what might have been merely an extended Taiwanese soap opera into a wise and warm exploration of family relationships, love and friendship, against the backdrop of a traditional society adapting to the modern world. Fascinating in themselves, the food preparation sequences serve as a metaphor for the skill required to transform bare existence into a rich life (and perhaps also as a metaphor for film making, where similar care and deftness are required).

The film focuses on the strained relations between master chef Chu (Sihung Lung) and his three unmarried daughters, and on the relationships of all four in love and at work. These relationships run the gamut from first love to love the second time around; from those based almost solely on sex to those based on none. (Some of the most touching scenes are those between Chu and his older colleague Wen (Jui Wang.))

Via the various workplaces Lee subtly shows us the changing face of Taiwanese society. Despite her father's profession, and seemingly with his approval, his youngest daughter works in a fast-food outlet; the eldest has converted to Christianity, and teaches science to boys, who treat her with a mixture of traditional deference and western-style insolence; the middle daughter is a successful airline executive, but only because time-honoured attitudes debarred her, as a woman, from following in her father's footsteps as a cook.

Unlike the classic Hollywood film, there is little out-and-out conflict in this movie, which seems to be based more on the Chinese philosophical concept of Yin and Yang, mutually dependent opposites. But whatever its underlying cinematic rationale, it is a masterpiece.

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