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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Yin shi nan nu (original title)
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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Ang Lee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sihung Lung 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 Chit-Man Chan ... Raymond
Yu Chen Yu Chen ... Rachel
Ah-Lei Gua ... Madame Liang (as Ya-Lei Kuei)
Chi-Der Hong Chi-Der Hong ... Class Leader
Gin-Ming Hsu Gin-Ming Hsu ... Coach Chai
Huel-Yi Lin Huel-Yi Lin ... Sister Chang
Shih-Jay Lin Shih-Jay Lin ... Chief's Son
Chin-Cheng Lu 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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A comedy to arouse your appetite. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Taiwan | USA

Language:

Mandarin | French

Release Date:

3 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eat Drink Man Woman See more »

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Gross USA:

$7,294,403
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Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Ranked number 54 non-English-speaking film in the critics' poll conducted by the BBC in 2018. See more »

Goofs

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

Jia-Jen: [after an errant volleyball interrupts a boring lecture] Who will return the ball?
Class: I'll go!
Jia-Jen: Very well, then I'll do it.
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Soundtracks

COFFEE HOUSE ROMANCE
Vocal by Anthony Yiu-Ming Wong (as Anthony Wong)
Lyrics by Hiu-Yeung Chung
Music by Anthony Yiu-Ming Wong (as Anthony Wong)
Arrangement by Tak-Choi Choi
Courtesy of Music Factory
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Ang Lee's cinematic banquet
22 July 2001 | by GeofbobSee 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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