On the heels of the international success of The Wed ding Banquet, Ang Lee has directed the ambitious and entertaining Eat Drink Man Woman. Again his focus is the family.
New tale centers on Chu (Sihung Lung), a master chef who’s literally lost his sense of taste. The widower lives in Taipei with his three adult daughters – each of whom, consciously or otherwise, is just itching to leave the nest. Add to this Chu’s seemingly inevitable marriage to Madame Liang (Gua Ah-leh) next door, and the tangle of relationships becomes extremely dense.
As one of the daughters notes, ‘We communicate by eating.’ In fact, the ritual of preparing food is a means to avoid interaction. That’s been the father’s modus operandi for years.
The technical sheen and visual assurance of Lee’s third film is a quantum leap from earlier credits. He also elicits deeper, more textured performances from his actors.
1994: Nomination: Best Foreign Language Film