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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 7 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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

Eat Drink Man Woman is a classic tale of simmering frustrations and relationship woes as semi-retired Master Chef Chu shares his culinary skills and tends to his three unmarried daughters' respective emotional journeys. Jia-Jen is a chemistry teacher, Jia-Chien an airline executive and Jia-Ning works at a fast-food establishment. Together they help prepare and eat a sumptuously elaborate dinner each Sunday, a family tradition which allows for considerable insight into their lives and fuels the fire for each daughter to deal with the turmoil of new romantic challenges.

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¡Algo nuevo y delicioso para atraer el amor! (Mexico) See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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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

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

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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Connections

Followed by Joyful Reunion (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

LOOK FOR A STAR
Vocals by Elizabeth Cheng and Chen-Chia Cheng
Lyrics by Daryl Yau
Music by Look For A Star
Arrangment by David Packer
Courtesy of Rock Records and Tapes
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Well-Crafted And Observant
8 May 2002 | by bix171See all my reviews

The well-traveled metaphor of food as communication is given a tender, appealing treatment in Ang Lee's finely observed film about a widower whose aging and loneliness have caused him to lose touch with his three grown daughters, each of whom is looking for love in modern-day Taiwan. The father (a gallant Sihung Lung) is a master chef who has begun to lose his sense of taste while attempting to come to grips with his daughters' increasing independence and the failing health of his best friend (Jui Wang); he begins to question the basis of existence, namely love and food. The daughters, meanwhile, feeling cramped by their father's distance, begin to explore notions of freedom from their cramped quarters. Lee is in a positive, sympathetic frame of mind here, articulately exploring the theme of alienation that he would later revisit with a much more gloomy perspective in `The Ice Storm' and though the film holds virtually no surprises, it is a stylistic success, easy to like and moving effortlessly with a superior sense of rhythm; it's always pleasing, even when the content feels overly familiar. He demonstrates a healthy respect for his characters (with the exception of a divorcee whose bitter views of marriage don't stop her from pursuing Lung)--everyone gets to play out their lives with dignity and happiness and without an ounce of filmmaker moralizing.


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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | French

Release Date:

3 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$155,512, 7 August 1994

Gross USA:

$7,294,403

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,294,403
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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