Eat Drink Man Woman
Director: Ang Lee
Cast: Sihung Lung, Yu-wen Wang, Jacqualine Wu, Winston Chao
A potent classic. A wonderful, comforting film that stands within time.
I remember clearly, as a young child watching this film with my brothers and one sister. From the opening shots of all the dishes prepared, to the very humbling end, it recognizes how vital food plays such a role in culture, family, values, and communication.
The significance that derives from this film is the showing of how food is used as a powerful clout of the soul. Rather than being just substance consumed to sustain life, we are shown in this picture that through food, we understand life and deterge the inadequate notions that leave us unfulfilled.
Much in life is left to argue, complicate, and distress. Here we are shown that the family always comes back to one central location, which is around the table surrounded by a meal. What can be counted for relief at the table is a sense of togetherness and belonging. As the characters weed through individual troubles and affairs, around prideful cooked dishes they find an opportunity for fitness, sanity, and love.
Ita^€^(TM)s no wonder this movie has lasted so long in memory. Once in awhile, Ia^€^(TM)ll pop it in and enjoy the master chef go through the motions of creating artistic cuisine as if this were my back yard of Asian food network.
I highly recommend watching this movie with some family and friends. Be sure to have a full stomach or you might find yourself pausing to make a run in the kitchen. Enjoy.
Cool guy(s) - Sihung Lung
Reviewed by: Mike Vu