Monday, 31 January 2011

Food on Film. 3. Eat Drink Man Woman

Although Ang Lee had made The Wedding Banquet the previous year, it was Eat Drink Man Woman (1994) that revealed him to be one of the leading directors of his generation (he has subsequently made The Ice Storm, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and Brokeback Mountain). Eat Drink Man Woman won the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

Moving effortlessly from Asian art film to mainstream comedy-drama modes, this Taiwan/USA co-production boasts some of the best food preparation scenes seen in any film.

The story centres on a renowned chef living in Taipei, and his three grown daughters. He cooks them an elaborate traditional meal every Sunday. This ritual anchors the family during a time of societal change and personal turmoil. Here is the opening scene, followed by the US trailer:

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