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Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Yin shi nan nu (original title)
Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 3 August 1994 (USA)
A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters; the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events and the life changes of the other household members.

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Ang Lee
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sihung Lung Sihung Lung ... Chu
Yu-Wen Wang ... Jia-Ning
Chien-Lien Wu ... Jia-Chien
Kuei-Mei Yang ... Jia-Jen
Sylvia Chang ... Jin-Rong
Winston Chao ... Li Kai
Chao-jung Chen ... Guo Lun
Chit-Man Chan ... Raymond
Yu Chen Yu Chen ... Rachel
Ah-Lei Gua ... Madame Liang (as Ya-Lei Kuei)
Chi-Der Hong Chi-Der Hong ... Class Leader
Gin-Ming Hsu Gin-Ming Hsu ... Coach Chai
Huel-Yi Lin Huel-Yi Lin ... Sister Chang
Shih-Jay Lin Shih-Jay Lin ... Chief's Son
Chin-Cheng Lu Chin-Cheng Lu ... Ming-Dao
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Storyline

Senior Master Chef Chu lives in a large house in Taipei with his three unmarried daughters, Jia-Jen, a chemistry teacher converted to Christianity, Jia-Chien, an airline executive, and Jia-Ning, a student who also works in a fast food restaurant. Life in the house revolves around the ritual of an elaborate dinner each Sunday, and the love lives of all the family members. Written by Will Gilbert

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The Ingredients of Life See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Country:

Taiwan

Language:

Mandarin | French

Release Date:

3 August 1994 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Eat Drink Man Woman See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$7,294,403
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Sound Mix:

Dolby | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening sequence - in which a Sunday lunch is lovingly prepared - took over a week to film. See more »

Goofs

When Madame Liang arrives by cab at her house together with her daughter and her grandchild, it is heavily raining, however, right in front of the taxi the road is wet, but there are no rain drops visible, in particular not in the puddle right in font of the cab. See more »

Quotes

Old Wen: Old Chu, do'nt get upset. Girls eventually leave home. It was bound to happen.
Chu: I'm not upset. I hope they all move out, so I can have a quiet life.
Old Wen: Quiet life? I know you. What you want, you can't get. What you don't want, you can't get rid of. You're as repressed as a turtle. That old maid of yours, Jia-Jen, will stick to you for life unless you marry her off!
Chu: Marry who? Since she lost her asshole college boyfriend she's never looked at another man. You know that.
Old Wen: And now she has the perfect ...
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Connections

References Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937) See more »

Soundtracks

MY BABY
Vocal by Chih Chin Lee
Lyrics by Hung-Ren Zhi
Music by Hung-Ren Zhi
Arrangement by Hung-Ren Zhi
Courtesy of Rock Records and Tapes
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One of my All Time Favorites!!!!
13 June 2002 | by Strider-100See all my reviews

Eat, Drink, Man, Woman is one of the best films of all time. It has all the elements of a great movie. From the opening shot to the final I was absolutely riveted to this compelling, truthful, beautiful, and humorous look into the lives of a Taiwanese family. Ang Lee, known quite famously now for "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" and the upcoming "Hulk" has done a masterful job of directing and storytelling. The cinematography is INCREDIBLE. The movie as mentioned focuses on on Widower, Master Chef Chu, who is having a hard time relating to his three independent daughters. He attempts to communicate his love for them by creating these incredible gourmet dinners. The daughters are very defined, each with a different personality. The eldest, is a Christian, which is the first time in a movie I have ever seen, where a Christian is portrayed in a favorable light. She is struggling with being an old maid and the fear of leaving her Father uncared for if she does get married. The second daughter is wild and rebellious. She is portrayed extremely well by the ultra sexy Chien Lien Wu. This woman is absolutely stunning!!! She is torn between three things, her career, her desire to be independent, and her liason's with two men, one who is married. The third daughter is portrayed sweetly and innocent who ends up stealing her best friends boyfriend away. There are many plot twists and turns, but in the end, the movie finishes in a beautiful and happy way. I have now watched this movie twenty times and I think it is a great contribution to the film world. I wish more people knew about it here in the States. This movie can move you to being a better person. On a side note, I highly recommend you order some Chinese food, because you will be starving for it before the movie is over.


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