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Eat Drink Man Woman
The film tells the story of a retired and widowed Chinese master chef Chu (Si Hung Lung) and his family living in modern day Taipei, Taiwan. At the start of the film, he lives with his three attractive daughters, all of whom are unattached. As the film progresses, each of the daughters encounters new men in their lives. When these new relationships blossom, the stereotypes are broken and the living situation within the family changes.. The film features several scenes displaying the techniques and artistry of gourmet Chinese cooking. Since the family members have difficulty expressing their love for each other, the intricate preparation of banquet quality dishes for their Sunday dinners is the surrogate for their familial feelings.
There really aren't enough father/daughter movies out there. I wish there were more, because I don't realize how much I yearn for them until I accidentally stumble upon them. This was a real delight.
I didn't realize until after it ended that it was made by Ang Lee, and once I learned that it all made sense: the attention to detail, the wonderful atmosphere, the great narrative and performances, juggling of the tones, from outright comedy to restrained drama. If Ang Lee made food the way he makes movies, he'd be one of the best chefs in the world.
Whenever I feel stressed, I don't read a book or watch a movie. Instead I put on a cooking show. I…
Film #19 in my A~Z Foreign Film Challenge
This is the third film that I've seen by director Ang Lee in his native Chinese, and I must say I've loved every one of them. Here the story revolves around an aging master chef named Chu (Sihung Lung), who is gradually losing his sense of taste.
As a widower, Chu lives with his three adult daughters. The eldest, Jia-Jen (Kuei-Mei Yang), is a chemistry teacher who converted to Christianity and hasn't had a boyfriend since her heart was broken nine years earlier. The middle daughter, Jia-Chien (Chien-Lien Wu), is a successful airline executive who's having a secret affair with the owner of an art gallery. And the youngest, Jia-Ning (Yu-Wen Wang),…
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Family is one of the most important aspects of my life. It is tradition for my family to be together during Sundays, attend church at 10:30 am and have a lunch together at the local mall. Even when the relationships between particular members of the family are strained, we still come together and continue our tradition. There is nothing like the support and love a family member, who will be there for you unconditionally and see through the facade that one creates for the outside world in order to shadow the sadness and pain that fills inside them. Life will eventually change this relationship, with me probably having to leave the…
Master Chu (Sihung Lung) is a semi-retired chef living with his three unmarried daughters (Kuei-Mei Yang, Chien-Lien Wu, and Yu-Wen Wang). This wonderful film spans the period of their lives that sees a number of significant changes in the lives of the family members. Although family relations are often strained, they always come together around a sumptuous Sunday dinner prepared by Chu. Throughout the film, these dinners are punctuated by formal announcements by the daughters that herald major changes for everyone. At the end of the film, Chu himself has an announcement that no one expects.
Many factors combine to make this such a wonderful film. In addition to the talented cast, director Ang Lee gives us a rich feel for the texture of life in modern Taiwan as well as gorgeously shot cooking sequences that will have you rushing to the refrigerator (or the nearest Chinese resteraunt). Highly recommended.
I have an odd rule: never give something 5/5 on the first viewing, of course there are exceptions: Mike Leigh's Naked had me for its entire running time wondering how on earth people didn't think of it as the modern British film. But apart from that, and you'll notice if you take a glance at my rating, that I have a league of 4.5's, films that were amazing, wonderful but were missing something. When I first watched Eat Drink Man Woman I thought I had found that something, on my second viewing I knew it.
Two films that are remarkably close, this one and Yi Yi, two family dramas with their fair shares in melancholy, although I feel like Yi…
Ang Lee directs this study of three sisters in Taipei in the early 1990s. This is Lee's third feature, and his third starring Sihung Lung. Lung would appear in a fourth Lee film--Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000). Here Lung anchors the story as a traditional Chinese chef who must navigate a changing Taiwan and the turbulent love lives of this three daughters and himself.
Chen-lien Wu is good as the favored daughter who loves and resents her father. Her character is a successful businesswoman who would have preferred to become a chef, but was pushed away from the profession by her father. She is always chasing a moving target: her father's love, her career, dreams of material comfort in a Westernized luxury apartment, a handsome married man.
One of the very best films about food as a cultural, social and aesthetic concern. Just try to watch it without feeling ravenously hungry afterwards. The story's pretty good, too.
I found the first half lighthearted and somewhat poignant. When it started embracing its melodramatic roots in the second half, I was a little off-put, but I eventually came to accept it. Not a perfect film, but filled with some wonderful moments (most of them food-related). My biggest issue is that the middle sister and father are the only ones with substantial storylines. The eldest and youngest sisters were given such fluffy material. Their character arcs left me completely indifferent. Still, I would rewatch this film if only for the delectable opening credit sequence and various other mouth-watery scenes.
A superb microcosm of what makes Lee such a great cinematic artist, meshing his stylistic flourish, wonderful details that could only exist in the realm of cinema, but thrive there in his films, and his grounded understanding of human connection that lend the best of his films the emotional weight, history, and maturity he's known for. As if interacting with these two ideas of cinematic idealism and raw storytelling themselves, the characters continually bond and separate over their understanding and disregard for the other's experience and values. And they do so largely over food: which is to say art, an expression of experience. This metaphor is taken to many wonderful human places and fulfills the archetypal intent that the title…
Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman is food porn mixed with drama done correctly. I recently watched Jon Favreau's Chef and while that arguably shot its greasy/stomach-grumble inducing food sequences more viscerally, it failed in the story/drama department by over-compensating on the corn and cheese (ha). Eat Drink Man Woman feels more genuine and a little less rose-tinted--it's not afraid to tear down its characters a bit and it doesn't tie up its storylines in the ways one might expect. It views its romances in a somewhat tongue-in-cheek manner, but ultimately has many poignant moments and revelations.
The film is about Chu, a widowed master chef in his 60s, his three daughters…
I definitely need to watch me some more Ang Lee! I LOOOOVE Life of Pi and now I feel the same way with this movie! I've always wanted to watch one of Lee's Taiwanese movies to see how different he films for a primarily foreign audience. Since he was schooled in Western cinema he still films with a Western cinematic style. It feels just like a family drama we would see in America, just with subtitles. Don't let the "foreign film" aspect of this phenomenal movie keep you from seeing it!
In my research of Lee, his (first four) films anyways deal with this idea of traditional values (Eastern philosophies) versus new ideologies (Western philosophies). He does a great job…
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Ang Lee’s third feature film and the final chapter of his “family trilogy” in Taiwan before launching an outstanding career in Hollywood, after his debut PUSHING HAND aka. 推手 (1992) and THE WEDDING BANQUET aka. 喜宴 (1993, 9/10), EAT DRINK MAN WOMAN is consummately charming, and profoundly endearing, plus it is an unabashed food porn of Chinese cuisine.
Ang Lee’s regular screen patriarch Lung stars as Mr. Chu, is a 60-ish widower, an excellent chef with three grown-but-unwed daughters, the eldest one is Jia-Jen (Yang), a vocational school’s chemistry teacher in her 30s with a dour looking, devoted to her Christian religion and fabricates a heartbroken story as an excuse to conceal the deepest embarrassment of her repressed yearning for…
Ang Lee directs and co-writes this warm, wonderful family comedy/drama with a generous helping of food porn thrown into the mix. The story of a beloved chef and his three adult daughters, it revels in the complexities of their interactions (with their father and each other) while expertly juggling their individual stories in a way that feels organic rather than schematic. A big family dinner provides the expected climax, one that’s both dramatic and comic, but the subsequent, seemingly mundane image of a father and daughter simply eating some soup packs the real emotional punch for this very special film.
Couldn't stop thinking about my mom and her sisters. Was smiling the whole time... if I wasn't covering my mouth out of shock like I was watching the most intense, lovable, reasonable soap opera ever. Perfect and beautiful portraits of life and family. Loved it.
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