Eat Drink Man Woman

Synopsis: Senior Master Chef Chu lives in a large house in Taipei with his three unmarried daughters, Jia-Jen, a chemistry teacher converted to Christianity, Jia-Chien, an airline executive, and Jia-Ning, a student who also works in a fast food restaurant. Life in the house revolves around the ritual of an elaborate dinner each Sunday, and the love lives of all the family members.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ang Lee
Production: Samuel Goldwyn Films
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 5 wins & 13 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
124 min



Hello? Have you eaten?

Not yet?

Just throw together

some noodles for lunch.

That fish is excellent.

Don't roast it,

that would be a pity.

It just needs to be slightly steamed.

Don't add any salt!

Whatever you do, no salt!

Salt dries the fish and

it won't be tender.

Just get a pot of boiling water

and put salt around the plate...

If not today,

then when will we talk about it?

Small coke, three chickens?

That'll be 100 yuan.

Hey, I ordered chicken!

That is chicken!

Jia-Ning, I can't cover for you today.

Guo-Lun is taking me to the beach.

You have to! Father will kill me

if I'm late for Sunday dinner again.

And I thought you and

Guo-Lun broke up.

We did!

I just want to torture him a bit more.

Then torture him

by keeping him waiting an hour.

- Hurry up!

- Great idea!

How's the new boyfriend?

Hi, Jia-Chien.

Still working on a Sunday afternoon?

New boyfriend's okay, pretty quiet.

Especially after Bo-Kang.

Sounds good.

Let's get together later?

Don't work so hard!

Thanks, but I'm seeing Raymond later.

Raymond, eh, heh-heh-heh?

What does that mean,heh-heh-heh?

The difference between

Christians and ordinary people... not only do we have eternal hope,

But we also rely on God...

to give us wisdom

to overcome our difficulties

...and to give us joyfulness

and peace to settle our frustrations.

You okay?

Yeah. Just a little wound up.

Work, you know,

and I just

closed on the new apartment...

...all my savings...

...but it'll be worth it

to get out of that house.

That was wonderful.

Better than when we were together.

It's much easier like this.

We were a disaster as a couple.

All that shouting and fighting.

You want to

come down to my gallery now?

A new woman artist.

You'd like her work.

I have to get home

for the Sunday dinner torture ritual.

Punch your time card.

Change my Sunday schedule, please.

I'll see what I can do.

Hi, Guo-Lun.

I'm Chu Jia-Ning.

Rachel asked me to tell you

she'll be an hour late.

Sh*t! How dare she!

Don't be angry!

It's just an hour...

even less now.

It's not the first time

she's made a fool of me.

It's not serious.

What would you know?

Have you loved someone who hates you...

...who hurts you every day?

It's my fault really.

She forgot she was covering for me.

I didn't know

I'd cause so much suffering.

You're not to blame.

It's me.

I want to end this addiction to love,

but I'm too weak.

Well, I'd better be going.


Will you tell Rachel to bring back

the red shirt she borrowed?

She can bring it to work on Wednesday.


What are you reading?



Thank you.

Promise me we'll go to choir practice?

I'll think about it.

Brother Chai is the handsomest

man in the congregation...

...and he loves your voice!

Sister Chang,

I don't wish

to be liked only for my voice!

I'll never find a husband for you!

Then stop trying.

Dear God,

please bring luck to our family...

...we are happy

to have God in our hearts...

...and thank You

so much for this terrific dinner...

...and thank You again

for bringing our family

together with happiness.

In the name of Jesus Christ,

thank you. Amen.

These past two days I...

Something wrong?

No, it's fine.


Say it!

The ham was oversmoked.

It's fine!

Father probably forgot to taste it.

Or his taste is getting worse.

My taste is fine!

Yesterday... Our school...

You first.

Jin Fen called from America.

Her mother is coming back.

But her green card?

She just can't stand it anymore.

They fought and fight.

Even the police came!

Mrs. Liang is really hell on wheels!

She can't live there.

The language...

no companion for mah-jong...

...her son-in-law isn't Chinese.

It's a miracle she lasted that long.

It might be a good thing for Jin Rong.

She can help take care of Shan Shan.

She might cause more stress.

It'll be fine.

And Dad

will have someone to chat with.

Like I have time to gossip...

...after taking care of you three?

These past two days, I...

What now?

I have a little announcement to make...

Have you seen the TV ads for

Little Paris in the East?

That new luxury apartment building

in Hsin-Den?

A friend, who knows the contractors...

...told me how well built it is.

He was able to

get my bid in for a good price.

I bid on an apartment...

You're moving out!

Not immediately,

of course. It isn't ready yet.

I used most of my savings

for the deposit...

That's good.

Real estate

is a smart investment today.

Then I'll move

when the apartment is ready?


Dad, it's for you.

Hello? What!

...Right away!

There are crab dumplings

in the steamer!

Get them out

when you're ready to eat them!

Master Chu, how are you?

Serve the sea cucumbers first! Hurry!

Master Chu is here!

Thank God, you're here!

Where's Old Wen?

Over here! What a mess, eh?

The boss wanted

the banquet to be perfect.

Now look at this mess...

The menu?


It's all right.

The last four courses are stews...

...we'll make the Whole Shake Fin.

and problem solved.

With you here, I can relax.

You can take charge here.

I'll be up front.

That Shake Fin

doesn't look very good.

The guy who bought the fins

didn't know anything.

It looked genuine,

but it fell apart when we cooked it.

Fake fins don't have elasticity

when boiled in hot water.

There's no flavor,

no matter how long you cook it.

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Ang Lee

Ang Lee OBS (Chinese: 李安; pinyin: Lǐ Ān; born October 23, 1954) is a Taiwanese film director and screenwriter. Lee's work is known for its emotional charge, which critics believe is responsible for his success in offsetting cultural barriers and achieving international recognition.Lee's earlier films, such as The Wedding Banquet, Pushing Hands, and Eat Drink Man Woman explored the relationships and conflicts between tradition and modernity, Eastern and Western. Lee also deals with repressed, hidden emotions in many of his films, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm, Hulk, and Brokeback Mountain. more…

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