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



Critic Consensus: 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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ang Lee, James Schamus, Hui Ling Wang, Wang Hui Ling
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 5, 2002
Samuel Goldwyn Films


as Madame Liang

as Jin-Rong

as Li Kai

as Lester Chen

as Raymond

as Rachel

as Class Leader

as Coach Chai

as Sister Chang

as Chief's Son

as Airline Secretary

as Shan-Shan

as The Priest

as Fast Food Manager

as Restaurant Manager

as Old Wen

as Old Man
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Critic Reviews for Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu)

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (13)

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Philadelphia Inquirer
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 10, 2014
Chicago Tribune
Top Critic

That guarantee of good taste is, finally, a bit of a downer; there are plenty of surprises, but no hint of risk.

Full Review… | February 3, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

Mildly charming.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Ambitious and entertaining.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
Top Critic

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.

Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Interesting movie about a family and food.

Candy Rose

Super Reviewer


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.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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