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Release Date:
3 August 1994 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations See more »
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Ang Lee Sets The Table Of Life See more (68 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
Shui Wang ... Old Wen (as Jui Wang)
Hwa Wu ... Old Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Po-hsiung Wu ... Commander in feast
Michael Taylor ... Wendy's Customer (uncredited)
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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
Lin Jong 
 
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
 
Sound Department
Alex Albanese .... sound editor
Steve Hamilton .... supervising sound editor
Tom Paul .... production sound mixer
Steve Silkensen .... sound editor
Reilly Steele .... sound re-recording mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Chun-hua Hsia .... 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
 
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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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Trivia:
The opening sequence - in which a Sunday lunch is lovingly prepared - took over a week to film.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
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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References My Neighbor Totoro (1988)See more »
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ALL CREATURES OF OUR GOD AND KINGSee more »

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46 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
Ang Lee Sets The Table Of Life, 25 April 2001
Author: jhclues from Salem, Oregon

A veritable smorgasbord of all the things that make life worthwhile, including good friendship, love, food and sex, can be found in Ang Lee's `Eat, Drink, Man, Woman,' the story of a widower who has raised three daughters on his own, and now that they are grown is ready to move on with his life. Chu (Sihung Lung), a celebrated chef who runs the kitchen of a huge restaurant, finds himself at an impasse however; his daughters, Jia-Jen (Kuei-Mei Yang), the eldest, a teacher, Jia-Chen (Chien-lien Wu), his second, an airline executive, and Jia-Ning (Yu-Wen Wang), the youngest, who works at a fast food restaurant, all still live with their father, and though they are adults (all in their twenties), he feels responsible for them, as they are still under his roof. They, on the other hand, feel responsible for him; he'll soon be retired, and they fear age is catching up with him. And it makes them each, in turn, think twice about career opportunities and any romantic entanglements that may appear on the horizon. it's a situation they all realize is not conducive to a happy, fulfilling and fully functional family life; the love is there, but it's seasoned with frustration, and no one seems to know what to do about it.

Lee has crafted and delivered a complex, involving film, laced with poignancy and humor that deals with the kinds of problems most people face during the course of their lives. And, of course, there's the love, the many faces of which are all explored here. Food is the metaphor; Chu sets his table with a variety of tantalizing and exotic offerings, even as the table of life is set with like fare, and once set, it is up to the individual to sample what they will. Fittingly, it is at the dinner table that many of the meaningful events in the lives of the family members are revealed. Working from a screenplay written by Lee, James Schamus and Hui-Ling Wang, Lee uses the intricate emotional weave of the story to optimum effect with his ability to illuminate the sensibilities of his characters, and that he does it so well demonstrates the depth of his own insight into human nature. And that he can so proficiently transfer the emotions of the written page to the screen demonstrates his mastery of the art of film directing. As he proves with this film (as with films like `The Ice Storm' and `Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon'), he is simply one of the best directors in the business.

Lee's unique touch is also felt in the performances he exacts from his actors, a number of which are outstanding in this film, beginning with Lung, who brings Chu so credibly to life. Wang, Wu and Yang are also exemplary in their portrayals of Chu's daughters. To their credit-- as well as Lee's-- there's not a false moment to be found in their performances, all of which stand up to even the closest scrutiny. These are all very real people in a very real setting, which enables the audience to identify and relate to the characters and their story, assuring that connection which makes this film such a satisfying experience.

The supporting cast includes Sylvia Chang (Jin-Rong), Winston Chao (Li Kai), Chao-jung Chen (Guo Lun), Lester Chit-Man Chan (Raymond), Yu Chen (Rachel), Jui Wang (Old Wen) and Ah Lei Gua (Madame Ling). As with real life, `Eat, Drink, Man, Woman' is far from predictable, and is filled with twists and turns, including a surprise at the end that equals anything M. Night Shyamalan could come up with. In the final analysis, this film is a delightful, entertaining reflection upon the human condition that will awaken your taste buds and prepare you for the feast of life. And, like life, it is there for the taking; grab it with both hands and embrace it. By the end, you'll be glad you did. I rate this one 10/10.



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