Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu) 1994

Eat Drink Man Woman

Critics 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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Master Chef Chu (Sihung Lung) is semi-retired and lives at home with his three unmarried daughters, Jia-Jen (Kuei-Mei Yang), a religious chemistry teacher; Jia-Chien (Chien-Lien Wu), an airline executive; and Jia-Ning (Yu-wen Wang), an employee at a fast-food joint. Life at the family's house revolves heavily around preparing and eating an elaborate dinner every Sunday. The stability of these meals gives them all strength as they deal with new romantic relationships and disappointments.

Cast & Crew

Ya-lei Kuei
Madame Liang
Chit-Man Chan
Raymond
Ang Lee
Director
Ang Lee
Writer (Screenplay)
Hui-Ling Wang
Writer (Screenplay)
Knog Hsu
Producer
Feng-Chyt Jiang
Executive Producer
Mader
Original Music
Jong Lin
Cinematographer
Tim Squyres
Film Editor
Fu-Hsiung Lee
Production Design
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Critic Reviews for Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu)

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

  • Nov 25, 2012
    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 H Super Reviewer
  • Feb 18, 2012
    A movie that has its issues, mostly its pacing not being very good and the fact that the characters take a while before they really grow on you, but it's a good movie overall (I'd almost say really good) that won't amaze, but it will keep you reasonably entertained throughout. Oh and its twists are better than any M. Night Shyamalan movie, so there's that.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Apr 08, 2009
    Yin Si Nan Nu, (Eat drink Man Woman)was an Ang Lee's movie made in Taiwan, and it was a very typical Ang Lee movie, heartwarming, with deep human relationships. The plot unfolded with great skill, but the director's interest was surely focused on the relations between each of the main characters. From the beginning the movie was like a Magic Box, filled with humor, family drama, and even some narrative surprises. The 2-hour running time passed quickly and the story was bittersweet, sometimes very funny and very affecting and entertaining.The movie's theme, having to do with the interaction of delicious Chinese cooking and with the unexpected flow of life and relationships, made this surely one more of my favorites movies.
    Daisy M Super Reviewer
  • Jun 23, 2008
    Very good early Lee. I still like to think of it, as Billy Crystal did, as the first words that Arnold Schwartzenegger said to his future wife when asking her on a date.
    John B Super Reviewer

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