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Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) (1994)



Average Rating: 7.5/10
Reviews Counted: 41
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 3

A richly layered look at the complex interactions between a widowed chef and his daughters, Ang Lee's generational comedy Eat Drink Man Woman offers filmgoers a tasty cinematic treat.


Average Rating: 7.3/10
Critic Reviews: 13
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 3

A richly layered look at the complex interactions between a widowed chef and his daughters, Ang Lee's generational comedy Eat Drink Man Woman offers filmgoers a tasty cinematic treat.



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Director Ang Lee's follow-up to his surprise box-office hit The Wedding Banquet is another look at ethnic and sexual conflicts in a Chinese family, with meals as a centerpiece of the film. Master chef Chu (Sihung Lung) is a long-time widower who lovingly cooks large Sunday dinners for his three daughters, who view the meals as too traditional. Secretly, however, successful airline executive Jia-Chien (Chien-Lien Wu) loves traditional cooking and would like to be a chef like her father, if women

Mar 5, 2002

Samuel Goldwyn Films

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All Critics (41) | Top Critics (13) | Fresh (38) | Rotten (3) | DVD (9)

Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman is tender without being mushy, sweet without being syrupy -- and surprising in ways that can only make you smile.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
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But by the end, I felt that Lee had, so to speak, stuck a little too closely to the recipe: His movie is moderately enjoyable in a been-there, done-that sort of way.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Sentinel
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Eat Drink Man Woman may not just amuse and entertain you. It's likely to make you very hungry, too-perhaps for more than food.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Tribune
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That guarantee of good taste is, finally, a bit of a downer; there are plenty of surprises, but no hint of risk.

February 3, 2014 Full Review Source: New Yorker
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Mildly charming.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Ambitious and entertaining.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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This is a startlingly superior piece of craftsmanship, with the flavour of life and richness of the script conveyed via uniformly wonderful performances.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A vivacious comedy about families and how to survive them.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Film4

Although the prime influence on Lee's stately style and several of the film's themes is the Japanese genius Yasujiro Ozu, there is more than a hint of Woody Allen in this complex ensemble comedy.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Radio Times
Radio Times

What makes Lee's films so engaging is the generosity of spirit that he extends toward all of his characters.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: People Magazine
People Magazine

This film is stunningly involving, and it just races along from revelation to revelation.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: Baltimore Sun
Baltimore Sun

Lee and his fine ensemble of actors will soon enfold you in a journey of delightful twists and turns. And in the end, a family you'll long remember.

February 10, 2014 Full Review Source: South Florida Sun-Sentinel
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

A remarkably assured comedy-drama of domestic life in Taiwan.

February 2, 2009 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

The study of social manners and suppressed feelings became Lee's specialty.

August 27, 2008 Full Review Source: Turner Classic Movies Online
Turner Classic Movies Online

Ang Lee's two-generational soap opera displays the most elaborate food preparation and the most delectable meals since Like Water for Chocolate.

June 21, 2006 Full Review Source: EmanuelLevy.Com

The creatively decorative food presentations upstage the soap opera story.

March 28, 2006 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Unlike the food, the movie's central drama takes a while to heat up, but offers lovely rewards at the end.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: Palo Alto Weekly | Comment (1)
Palo Alto Weekly

Solid but sometimes slow drama. I prefer the update "Tortilla Soup."

February 28, 2003

Audience Reviews for Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu)

Three sisters come of age in Taiwan with the help of their father's cooking.
Films like this one often fall into the trap of having each character be so unique that she becomes a type rather than a real person. Ang Lee's direction and blithe storytelling allows each character to become dynamic and interesting without falling into the generic trap.
Although I enjoyed getting to know these people, I can't say that the plot packed any surprises, and it unfolded slowly.
Overall, Eat Drink Man Woman is a nice film about nice people, and it's well-made if not extraordinary.
November 25, 2012
Jim Hunter

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Interesting movie about a family and food.
July 14, 2007
Candy Rose

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i think this is one of the first movies i've seen in my life, and to think that i still remembered it from that long ago to shake the dust off it and rewatch it really says something about this film. puts a spin on the dysfunctional family by uniting them with FOOOD. and omg this movie made me hungry.
June 9, 2007

Super Reviewer

(YIN SHI NAN NU) Definitely a fascinating study of family relationships intertwined with glorious food.
March 23, 2006

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