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.