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

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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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This Taiwanese drama centers upon the relationships within a Taipei family. The father is a master chef who's lost his sense of taste. His wife died so now he lives amongst his three grown daughters. All three really want to get on with their own lives. The oldest daughter Jen, is a school teacher adept at hiding her feelings after she suffered a bad love affair in college. Kien who works for the national airline as a senior executive has just put all her savings into a new apartment. Young Ning is in school and works at a fast-food joint. She is getting involved with her best friend's boyfriend. Life within the family gets more tangled when Chu marries Madame Liang, the single mother next door.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Studio:
Samuel Goldwyn Films

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Cast

Winston Chao
as Li Kai
Sylvia Chang
as Jin-Rong
Chao-jung Chen
as Guo Lun
Chung Ting
as The Priest
Yu Chen
as Rachel
Ah-Leh Gua
as Madame Liang
Lester Chen
as Raymond
Chin-Cheng Lu
as Lester Chen
Chi-Der Hong
as Class Leader
Gin-Ming Hsu
as Coach Chai
Huei-Yi Lin
as Sister Chang
Shih-Jay Lin
as Chief's Son
Cho-Gin Nei
as Airline Secretary
Yu-Chien Tang
as Shan-Shan
Cheng-Fen Tso
as Fast Food Manager
Man-Sheng Tu
as Restaurant Manager
Chuen Wang
as Chief
Jui Wang
as Old Wen
Hwa Wu
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 22, 2008
Variety
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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
Jim Hunter

Super Reviewer

Interesting movie about a family and food.

Candy Rose
Candy Rose

Super Reviewer

½

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
Jennifer Xu

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