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Release Date:
3 August 1994 (USA) See more »
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The Ingredients of Life See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 7 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Ang Lee's cinematic banquet See more (73 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sihung Lung ... Chu

Yu-Wen Wang ... Jia-Ning
Chien-Lien Wu ... Jia-Chien

Kuei-Mei Yang ... Jia-Jen

Sylvia Chang ... Jin-Rong

Winston Chao ... Li Kai

Chao-jung Chen ... Guo Lun
Chit-Man Chan ... Raymond
Yu Chen ... Rachel

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
Cho-Gin Nei ... Airline Secretary
Yu-Chien Tang ... Shan-Shan
Chung Ting ... Priest
Cheng-Fen Tso ... Fast Food Manager
Man-Sheng Tu ... Restaurant Manager
Chuen Wang ... Chief

Jui Wang ... Old Wen
Hwa Wu ... Old Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Po-hsiung Wu ... Commander in feast

Michael Taylor ... Wendy's Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Ang Lee 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ang Lee 
James Schamus 
Hui-Ling Wang 

Produced by
Ted Hope .... associate producer
Kong Hsu .... producer
Li-Kong Hsu .... producer
Feng-Chyt Jiang .... executive producer
James Schamus .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Mader 
 
Cinematography by
Jong Lin 
 
Film Editing by
Tim Squyres 
 
Production Design by
Fu-Hsiung Lee 
 
Costume Design by
Wen-Chi Chen 
 
Makeup Department
Wai-Ming Lee .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Yang-Sheng Ou .... assistant director
Lang-Tsung Yang .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Alex Albanese .... sound editor
Steve Hamilton .... supervising sound editor
Tom Paul .... production sound mixer
Steve Silkensen .... sound editor
Reilly Steele .... re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chun-Hua Hsia .... gaffer
Ko-Hsin Li .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Alex Albanese .... first assistant editor
Patricia Sztaba .... negative matcher
Stan Sztaba .... negative matcher
 
Music Department
Eric Liljestrand .... score recordist
Sarah Plant .... associate musical director
Sarah Plant .... music arranger
Sarah Plant .... musician: flute
 
Other crew
Joyce Hsieh .... post-production accountant
Alex Kuciw .... post production assistant
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor
 
Thanks
Steven Starr .... special thanks
 

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Also Known As:
"Yin shi nan nu" - Taiwan (original title)
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124 min
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The opening sequence - in which a Sunday lunch is lovingly prepared - took over a week to film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:I don't understand any of them, and I don't want to know. Let them grow up and leave. It's like cooking. Your appetite's gone when the dish is done.
Old Wen:That's not the worst thing. At least people like your cooking.
Chu:Honestly, Id' have to give that up if it hadn't been for you lately. My sense of taste is getting worse and worse. My food is only as good as the expression on your face.
Old Wen:Don't be silly. You rely on your feelings when you cook, not your taste buds. Like that Western deaf composer, called Bee...
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Is 'Eat Drink Man Woman' a sequel to 'The Wedding Banquet'?
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38 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Ang Lee's cinematic banquet, 22 July 2001
Author: Geofbob from London, England

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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