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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…
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.
Fantastically complex and thought provoking, yet refreshingly funny, even across the difficult language barrier of Mandarin and English.
Absolutely to die for food in this film; you are warned, eat beforehand.
There is a tender love and kindness for the concept of family in Ang Lee's "Eat Drink Man Woman". Even when the pressures of tradition and life gets in the way, there is still a Sunday dinner that Chu- the father of 3 daughters- makes for them. Through the food he makes it expresses a love that will always keep the family together.
Luscious, tender, and unexpectedly whimsical. Unfortunately, it's more bone than meat, and what should be a rich feast feels like an appetizer. Metaphors!
Ang Lee's film about family and love (and food) is really sweet and well-done, even finding opportunity for subversion of the usual beats the viewer might come to expect from such a movie.
I really like this film, it would have been great if Ang Lee had made more of this kind of Taiwanese melodramas. Compared to his first two films, in "Eat Drink Man Woman" he really masters his style.
It was good! But I am not cut out for the serious fîlmes (ik this is a comedy, but it's also somehow a serious fîlme).
This is a wonderful humane, subtle and surprising film. It builds up a quiet power as it progresses, and even after a short while you feel like you know these people. What a brilliant director Ang Lee is ... The Ice Storm, Sense & Sensibility, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, Brokeback Mountain, Lust Caution, and recently Life of Pi ... what a dazzling versatile career he has had.
Set in Taipei, a former famous chef lives with his three grown up daughters who has different fates and secrets. The daughters seem to live a modern life, yet every week they have one "tradition" to fulfill: spending Sunday night for a nice and quiet family dinner - with their father's excellent cooking.
It's a wonderful, delicious drama of fatherhood and family ties. The layers and twists toward the ending made it interesting. Plus, HUGE Chinese-foodporn. Oh my, the details... Make sure you don't watch this with an empty stomach. This movie captured the beauty of Chinese cuisine perfectly! (Trust me, you do not want to miss the mouth-watering opening of the movie: www.youtube.com/watch?v=zs5WiddD7i0). From my Google search, apparently this…
Now I'm terribly hungry. Great job, movie.
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