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

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 3, 1994
DVD Release Date: March 5, 2002
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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.

Steven Rea
Philadelphia Inquirer

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.

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Anthony Lane
New Yorker

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

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Patrick Gamble
The Skinny

A richly textured comedy about the tensions across two generations of a Confucian family, Eat Drink Man Woman typifies the filial focus of Lee's early work

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Jay Boyar
Orlando Sentinel

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.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

Mildly charming.

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Matt Brunson
Creative Loafing

A wise and touching piece that matches movies like Babette's Feast and Like Water for Chocolate in its depiction of food as a source of spiritual nourishment.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

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.

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Leonard Klady

Ambitious and entertaining.

Noel Murray
The Dissolve

What makes this a Lee film-and one of his best-is how well he and his co-writers understand all the relationships, and what's going unspoken.

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Flixster Audience Score: 92% Flixster User Reviews
Jim Hunter
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… More
Lanning : )
(YIN SHI NAN NU) Definitely a fascinating study of family relationships intertwined with glorious food.
Candy Rose
Interesting movie about a family and food.
Jesse Ortega
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… More
Jennifer Xu
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… More
John Ballantine
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… More