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1,796 Ratings

Eat Drink Man Woman

飲食男女 | Yin shi nan nu

Directed by Ang Lee
Taiwan, United States, 1994
Comedy, Drama, Romance


A senior chef lives with his three grown daughters in Taiwan. When the middle one finds her future plans affected by unexpected events, it impacts the life of the other household members. Ang Lee’s family fable is the best movie ever made about how food can connect generations.

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Eat Drink Man Woman Directed by Ang Lee

Awards & Festivals

Cannes Film Festival

1994 | Directors' Fortnight

Academy Awards

1995 | Nominee: Best Foreign Language Film

Independent Spirit Awards

1995 | 6 nominations including: Best Feature

Critics reviews

The elaborate meals [the chef] prepares as expressions of his affection are a perpetuation of traditional Chinese culture, the dishes a complex linguistic signifier, as Whitney Crothers Dilley’s careful essay analysis notes. Combined with Lee’s use of space and framing to convey psychodrama, this results in a deftly multilayered film, whose unconventional relationships resonate richly with the hard-won family outcomes of its predecessors.
July 31, 2015

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