Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), a Delicious Food Movie


Wow, the weekend is coming in fast!

Are up for some delicious food porn of Chinese cuisine? We, sure know how to play with your “pleasure” button.

We are featuring Eat Drink Man Woman (1994); a film set in Taiwan. Everywhere we searched, this movie was the first in top 5 or 10 ranking all time recommended Chinese food movie.


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Just like a curious cat, we went around snooping to find out more about this movie.

Eat Drink Man Woman is a 1994 Taiwanese film directed by Ang Lee and starring Sihung Lung, Yu-wen Wang, Chien-lien Wu, and Kuei-mei Yang. The title is a quote from the Li Ji (Book of Rites), one of the Confucian classics, referring to the basic human desires and accepting them as natural.

The film was released on August 3, 1994, the first of Lee’s films to be both a critical and box office success. In 1994, the film received the Asia Pacific Film Festival Award for Best Film, and in 1995 it received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.



A delightfully charming romantic comedy whose plot threads all neatly tie together. Aging master chef Chu (Lung Sihung) has a family tradition on Sundays: to eat dinner with his three daughters, the schoolteacher Jia-Jen (Kuei-Mei-Yang), the beautiful and successful businesswoman Jia-Chen (Chien-Lien Wu), and college student Jia-Ning (Yu-Wen Wang) who works at a fast food joint. In Eat Drink Lee expertly paints a portrait of the concerns of familial relationships and suppressed personal feelings in the foreground with succulent feasts as a backdrop. The dinner table, initially secretly derided as a tortuous experience, becomes an important forum for life-changing announcements as father and daughters independently seek the recipe for love in their personal lives.

According to the Chinese classic Book of Rites, man’s primary desires are to “eat, drink, and have sex”—hence the intriguing title explained by an inebriated Wen and Chu. Loving relationships give meaning to life and ought to be considered one of the necessities of existence. The technique and artistry of gourmet Chinese cuisine is put on delicious display, often expressing the love that the characters cannot say to each other or accentuating its presence. Loss can lead to further fulfilment, as demonstrated when it seems Chu has lost all: his daughters to marriage or business, his taste buds, his old friend Wen, and his wife sixteen years ago, not to mention that he is obviously aging.

Food acts as a recurring symbol and hovers in the background for poignant family moments.


Below is the movie trailer of Eat Drink Man Woman (1994).

Source: Food Movie Review
Our movie recommendation is always revolving around the world of food. This time, with lesser emphasis on mastering the culinary world of Chinese cooking, this movie touches more on the social-cultural aspect of the Chinese ethnics, and looking into issues of ethnic and sexual conflicts in a Chinese family, with meals as a centerpiece of the film.

The Chinese’s Cantonese art of culinary is impressive and the character of Mr Chu, the Master Chef is portrayed well as viewers can feel his pain, agony and yet tireless love for his three daughters. As the film progresses, the personal relationships between the characters change unexpectedly.

In some ways this movie is a window to some issues of Chinese family, how they adapt to the livelihood of the modern era, about their struggles in life and their juggling acts in balancing culture, passions, careers, family and livelihood.

Obviously our favourite part is when the movie opens with the father, Chef Chu working in the kitchen turning raw food from own backyard into a steaming and mouth-watering casserole dishes.

So sit back to try out this movie and savour the Chu family meals as the movie was shot by Director Ang Lee from an angle of a food pornographer’s eyes.

By the way, for non-mandarin speaking movie viewers, kindly choose the version with sub-title of your choice.

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  1. I thought last nights episode was pretty funny. Was it a little slapstick? Sure. Was it obvious where the piano was going to wind up? Definitely, but it didn’t keep me from enjoying it.

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