Eat Drink Man Woman (1994)

Genres - Comedy Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Domestic Comedy, Urban Comedy  |   Run Time - 125 min.  |   Countries - Taiwan   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Review by Lucia Bozzola

His follow-up to his breakthrough success The Wedding Banquet (1993), Ang Lee's Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) is another wise comedy-drama of manners about life, love, and the Taiwanese generation gap. With food as the sensory analogue to familial relationships, Lee's attention to detail deftly mines the varied emotions as well as the humor in master chef Mr. Chu's attempts to deal with his adult daughters' different stabs at independence (and his own burgeoning romance) as he loses his sense of taste. The superb opening scene of Mr. Chu's bravura preparation of the customary, and resented, Sunday family feast not only reveals the affection for his daughters that he cannot articulate, but also is guaranteed to inspire cravings for gourmet Chinese food. Praised for its charm and skill, Eat Drink Man Woman became another genial art house hit for Lee and earned him his second Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Film.