Eat Drink Man Woman
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There are many wonderful themes explored in this complex film which to be fully appreciated should be viewed several times for maximum enjoyment. There is love, hope, survival, lonliness, friendship, death, betrayal, family values, and so much more. There is so much depth to this film that a lot can and likely will be missed, despite the fact it is a two hour film, it zooms by very fast. Mr. Chen's role is much deeper than one realizes, so the unfocused mind is overwhelmed by sensual data.Read more ›
p.s.- "tortilla soup" is a 2001 film, "eat drink man woman" is a 1994 film - which one is "recycled"?!?!?
Ang Lee is a truly gifted film-maker, and this is most evident in his Chinese-language work. I shudder to think that hes actually gone and accepted a big studio's proposal to direct 'The Hulk'. Lee's work in the early 1990s, such as this little gem, is well worth investing in. Personally, I find movies of this sort well worth watching - in fact, I've watched this film four times in two different countries and each time realize how it stands the test of time.
The storyline is simple - a master chef widower lives in a big house with his three daughters - one is an executive, another is a teacher, the last is a high school student. The film attempts to tie together all their love-lives, a plot that could go horribly wrong and could look tedious, in the wrong hands. Fortunately, Lee refrains from overtures such as the lush but irritating ones sported by 'The Scent of Green Papaya', and handles this film with a great degree of respect for the medium, and respect for the audience.
First off, this movie will probably sit best with lovers of Chinese food. The DVD quality enhances the picture - if you own the VHS version or saw the version broadcast by Bravo, you haven't seen the film at all.Read more ›
All three daughters aren't married and aren't in any serious relationships at the beginning of the story. But as the movie progresses and each of them find love under the strangest of circumstances, each has an "announcement" to make around the dinner table come Sunday. The audience can't help but feel bad for the father who's getting old and seems to be at odds with her daughters for every small matter.
Each daughter's relationship reflects the uniqueness of individuals.
The important theme to this story is hinted at when the father repeats to his daughters that he has lost his taste a long time ago. The audience later knows that he was referring more to his taste for life rather than his physical inability to distinguish flavors. This lack of appreciation for life comes with age as well as his loneliness from accepting the inevitable -- that his daughters are going to leave him alone someday.
There are so many subtleties this film is able to capture about not only the Chinese culture but living with women in general. (I grew up in a household where I was the only male, and I know what the father must have gone through each day.Read more ›
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Classic movie by Angela Lee as part of his father knows best trilogy. Story of a master chef trying to finish raising his three daughters and open up. Classic.Published 3 months ago by James Allen
Because it arrived quickly to my doorstep and even though it was a used copy, it was in perfect condition. We really enjoyed watching it. Read morePublished on July 5 2013 by Leonie Price
What a great movie! Eat drink man woman is useful to learn about asian customs, funny, sad. A excellent movie to see in family!Published on April 19 2013 by Julie Rannou
It's just a great movie, in every aspect of human relations 1.e great little story with a good blend of the serious and the comicPublished on Nov. 27 2012 by Martin Wooldridge
You maybe can't believe that the result of mixing comedy and drama will be good,but this movie can show you and can make you feel that ingredient in human-being could make the well... Read morePublished on Nov. 28 2003 by somepeople
I really enjoyed this movie for several reasons. First, I could watch a skilled cook for hours. The technique just fascinates me. Read morePublished on June 21 2003
This is one of the best films I have seen in awhile. The story is about widowed master chef Chu and the relationships with his three daughters. Read morePublished on April 24 2002
This is a movie I recommend for those actually going to China. It is an excellent portrayal of the delicate intricacies of familial relationships in China and does a superb job of... Read morePublished on April 3 2002 by Jennifer Tindell