Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu)
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Eat Drink Man Woman (Yin shi nan nu)
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 were permitted to do so. Her older sister Jia-Jen (Kuei-Mei Yang) is unmarried and cynical about… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"That guarantee of good taste is, finally, a bit of a downer; there are plenty of surprises, but no hint of risk."
‑ Anthony Lane, New Yorker
"This is a startlingly superior piece of craftsmanship, with the flavour of life and richness of the script conveyed via uniformly wonderful performances."
‑ Angie Errigo, Empire Magazine
"What makes Lee's films so engaging is the generosity of spirit that he extends toward all of his characters."
‑ , People Magazine
"A remarkably assured comedy-drama of domestic life in Taiwan."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"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."
‑ Jay Boyar, Orlando Sentinel
"Mildly charming."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"A vivacious comedy about families and how to survive them."
‑ , Film4
"This film is stunningly involving, and it just races along from revelation to revelation."
‑ Stephen Hunter, Baltimore Sun
"The study of social manners and suppressed feelings became Lee's specialty."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
"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."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Ambitious and entertaining."
‑ Leonard Klady, Variety
"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."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"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."
‑ John Dolen, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Ang Lee's two-generational soap opera displays the most elaborate food preparation and the most delectable meals since Like Water for Chocolate."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
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