High-rated movies with very few views. Suggestions are welcome.
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.
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),…
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…
Included In Lists:
Review In A Nutshell:
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…
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…
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.
Eat Drink Man Woman is Ang Lee's third film, the final of his unofficial 'Father Knows Best' trilogy and the film he made before moving to Hollywood. I can completely understand why Lee moved to Hollywood for his next film, because he had essentially made a perfect film. He had taken his excellent first two films and excised any of the mis-steps to make one of the warmest, most purely enjoyable films of the 1990s. A film that is so good, so subtle in its execution, that it took me an hour after it finished to realise it was a romantic comedy. It is probably the best rom-com of the last 30 years, or so.
Eat Drink Man Woman is…
Ang Lee makes the viewer very, very hungry and presents one of the most compelling father and (three) daughter(s) relationship(s) ever presented on-screen.
Mr. Chu's Feast.
The Ginger Soup Spring.
Both Scandinavian classics Babette's Feast and the Virgin Spring came to mind when watching Eat Drink Man Woman, Ang Lee's second Foreign Language Oscar contender. The film features moments of high drama, moments of quiet contemplation, and complex family dynamics. It also features some of the best food porn this side of Jiro Dreams of Sushi, especially in the opening montage.
The film has a climactic twist during a big family feast, but it is just a set up for the smaller revelation in the film's final, more intimate meal. If the big revelation was the atrocity of The Virgin Spring, the final scene is the miracle.
It's handled with the sort of craft and care you expect from Ang Lee.
Dapur Mr. Chu, "the greatest chef in Taipei", mengepul tebal tiap Minggu malam. Ada tradisi makan bersama tiga anak gadisnya. Yang satu gadis beneran, yang satu gadis tua, yang satu lagi gadis KTP. Terhidang sajian yang cukup untuk mengenyangkan satu mini bus rombongan pengajian. Di meja makan tensi selalu tinggi mereka bahkan tak pernah selesai mengunyah satu suapan. Di luar rumah, cerita hidup keempatnya unfolds beautifully, bahkan karakter dengan benteng emosional tertebal pun nyatanya punya dimensi sedalam panci presto. Dan aku ingin ifumie Mie Ayam Kridosono sekarang juga!!!
" Raising daughters is like cooking a meal. You lose your appetite by the time you're finished."
A delightful cinematic dish.
Two word review: Family feast
Certainly Ang Lee's most simple film but also his most crowd pleasing. It's a touching and very funny family based drama/comedy that celebrates life (and food) but gets quite deep and heartfelt in the second half. Finishing with and ending that compliments those two aspects perfectly and has just the right touch. It was a bit to slow paced for me, but was the perfect film for my optimistic little heart and made me leave the cinema with a light smile from ear to ear.
With a very gentle brand of hedonism, Eat Drink Man Woman deals with a number of themes that would not be out of place in a bad baby boomer-pandering film. The healing power of good food. The clash between tradition and modernity. Finding love in one's twilight years. Thankfully, Ang Lee doesn't find any easy meaning in its intersecting plots. Different characters find happiness in different ways. Most of these are unexpected but none betray the characters. The only common thread is that eating, drinking and fucking are pretty great. The film is also as well-made, smart and compelling as Ang Lee's best.
A Taiwanese King Lear without the tragedy but with the most delectable food you could imagine.
One of the more clumsier titles. The story is light entertainment but is well put together and acted. Its main drawback is that there is not enough in it for 2 hours - it probably has a character too many.
in a changing land
food speaks louder than mere words
favorite Chinese language movies
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!