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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Yin shi nan nu (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 August 1994 (USA)
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.

Director:

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 ... 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 »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

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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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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,294,403
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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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

Old Wen: Old Chu, do'nt get upset. Girls eventually leave home. It was bound to happen.
Chu: I'm not upset. I hope they all move out, so I can have a quiet life.
Old Wen: Quiet life? I know you. What you want, you can't get. What you don't want, you can't get rid of. You're as repressed as a turtle. That old maid of yours, Jia-Jen, will stick to you for life unless you marry her off!
Chu: Marry who? Since she lost her asshole college boyfriend she's never looked at another man. You know that.
Old Wen: And now she has the perfect ...
[...]
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Connections

Referenced in 3rd Rock from the Sun: Eat, Drink, Dick, Mary (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

MY BABY
Vocal by Chih Chin Lee
Lyrics by Hung-Ren Zhi
Music by Hung-Ren Zhi
Arrangement by Hung-Ren Zhi
Courtesy of Rock Records and Tapes
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Tasting the spice of life
9 April 2006 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

There is usually nothing that gets me away from my newspapers on a Sunday Morning. I usually spend several hours on my back porch immersed in news and entertainment. I flipped on the TV to see what was happening in the third round of the Masters and I noticed a movie on the Indie channel that I hadn't seen and it looked interesting. Big mistake! It Was And Lee's Yin shi nan nu (Eat Drink Man Woman). The paper got put aside as I couldn't tear my eyes away from the story. It was captivating, to say the least. How a widowed father deals with three daughters was the classic relationship film.In addition, the subplot, how everyone was doing something that they thought was "what was expected," instead of what they really wanted to do was a simple definition of life out of balance. Only when life is in balance can you taste the spice. You'll have to invest some time in watching this great film to understand that fully, and it will be time well spent.


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