Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)

Eat a Bowl of Tea (1989)





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Eat a Bowl of Tea is set in New York's Chinatown during the immediate postwar years. After a seeming eternity of separation, Chinese immigrants are finally allowed to bring their spouses to the U.S. thanks to looser immigration laws. Those husbands and wives no longer able to procreate fully expect their own sons to head back to China to seek out new brides. Russell Wong plays Ben Loy, a young man who decides not to marry the bride picked out for him, but a girl of his own choice, Mei Oi (played by Cora Miao). The film tackles several issues, including Mei's difficulty in assimilation, Ben's problems with his intrusive relatives, the outside pressure brought to bear in producing an heir, and the ongoing struggle of making ends meet financially. Both bride and groom respond to their insecurities by indulging in extramarital affairs. It takes several near-catastrophic events to prompt a happy reconciliation. Partially funded by PBS' American Playhouse production staff, Eat a Bowl of Tea is based on an extremely popular Chinese-language novel by Louis Chu.
Comedy , Romance
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Russell Wong
as Ben Loy
Cora Miao
as Mei Oi
Victor Wong
as Wah Gay
Siu-Ming Lau
as Lee Gong
Lee Sau Kee
as Bok Fat
Law Fan
as Aunt Gim
Eric Tsang
as Ah Song
Lau Siu Ming
as Lee Gong
Lan Law
as Aunt Gim
Wai Ching Ho
as Song, Ah
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Critic Reviews for Eat a Bowl of Tea

All Critics (3)

Though not as witty as Chan Is Missing and not as touching as Dim Sum, Wayne Wang's Eat Bowl of Tea relates a little known story of the Chinese-American community, putting on screen characters seldom seen in mainstream American movies.

Full Review… | July 17, 2009

Pleasant but unexciting ethnic comedy/romance set in NYC's Chinatown in 1949.

Full Review… | December 28, 2008
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Eat a Bowl of Tea explores the pressures put on two newlyweds in Chinatown to meet the expectations of their community.

Full Review… | June 24, 2003
Spirituality and Practice

Audience Reviews for Eat a Bowl of Tea


Fantastic movie!

Leo L
Leo L

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Excellent Chinese American movie, great cast. It's not always the best when it comes to the acting, but the story is so rich a,d the characters are so well developed, it doesn't seem to matter. Touching, funny and a delight from start to finish.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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