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Eat Drink Man Woman

Sihung Lung , Yu-Wen Wang , Ang Lee    DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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This is not a movie to see on an empty stomach. Writer-director Ang Lee's 1994 Oscar nominee tells a family story about a chef and his three daughters through the meals the chef prepares and serves his family. This touching, dryly funny story of a family coping with personal lives and the way those lives intersect with the family relationships captures a shift in generations in Taipei. The father, a famous chef who has lost his taste buds, still cooks, though he draws no pleasure from eating. His daughters, meanwhile, deal with both the disappointments and surprises of daily living and the way their adult lives compare to the expectations the widowed father had for them. A subtle, amusing--and mouth-watering--comedy of impeccable manners. --Marshall Fine

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4.0 out of 5 stars It's a classic story! July 5 2013
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
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. It's one of my favourite stories because I love to cook for my family too!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A family film on love and food April 19 2013
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What a great movie! Eat drink man woman is useful to learn about asian customs, funny, sad. A excellent movie to see in family!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great All Round Nov. 27 2012
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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 comic
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4.0 out of 5 stars When Love Equals a Chinese Feast June 4 2008
Format:DVD
This film is a feast for the eyes and senses. It will have almost *all* viewers drooling with delight and desire as Mr. Chen prepares his ritual Sunday meal for his three grown daughters and occasionally a friend and neighbor. Mr. Chen is a widower, a retired chef from a famous Chinese restaurant in Taiwan. He continues this traditional family gathering as a way of communicating his love for his daughters. As a Chinese male and head of household, it is awkward for him to express his true feelings without a mother figure in the house. The problem is - his daughters are adults and each has her own unique identity. Each of them needs to grow in her own directon and express her own individuality - this is when the fun really begins, as one by one in the film, the viewer is privileged to learn about the daughters' lives. Little does Mr. Chen realize just how modern his obedient daughters are and just exactly what events are transpiring behind the scenes in their lives to which he is *not* privvy ... until ...one by one their lives are revealed to his surprise. However, what is really amazing is - Mr. Chen is more modern than his *own* daughters realize and he has a few tricks up his sleeve which catch them unaware as well!

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story with much meaning and great performance Nov. 28 2003
Format:VHS Tape
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 result of nice comedy drama!
The story could make you understand about the old thinking and the modern thinking that happened in a little family in Taiwan.The different kind of love could happened via different kind of unexpectable relationships.The goal of human life could be diffent depend in what kind of situation that they are in and also could make their life change forever depend on their decisions too.
The great performance of Wu Chien Lien(who played the second daughter of a cook in this movie)could reflect the character that she played very well.She can reflect the modern thinking of woman ,also in the same time she can reflect the old thinking about principle of family's life so smoothly.
This is really good movies with much of meaning and great performance that you can't miss!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Eat, Drink My Kind of Movie June 21 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
I really enjoyed this movie for several reasons. First, I could watch a skilled cook for hours. The technique just fascinates me.
The second reason is that the actors created such a variety of personalities. I guess partly that's a product of the screenplay, but the actors had to have the skills and they do. Because the family is so close, the personality differences really charge the interactions. You become fascinated by watching how they will react to the situations and each other.
When the movie came out in the theaters, I admit I shied away because Asia sent all these "sensuality" movies out with the same hype. So, I just shrugged it off. But I've been renting a lot of Asian movies in the last year, and the number of choices at my video store is getting smaller. That is what made me give this movie a chance. And I'm glad I did.
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5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful! June 24 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
a brilliant film by a brilliant director
p.s.- "tortilla soup" is a 2001 film, "eat drink man woman" is a 1994 film - which one is "recycled"?!?!?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Little Hints April 24 2002
By A Customer
Format:DVD
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. The best part of the movie are scenes with him cooking intertwined with scenes of his daughters. You will see one of his daughters flirting with her friend's boyfriend and the next scene is of a frying pan on fire. When watching this movie, you must pay attention to the subtle clues that director Ang Lee gives the audience. They will lead to the surprising ending. This is a totally enjoyable movie.
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