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.
Eat Drink Man Woman is a 1994 Taiwanese film directed by Ang Lee and starring Sihung Lung, Yu-wen Wang, Chien-lien Wu, andKuei-mei Yang. The title is a quote from the Li Ji (Book of Rites), one of the Confucian classics, referring to the basic human desires and accepting them as natural. Many of the cast members had appeared in Ang Lee's previous film, The Wedding Banquet, with Sihung Lung and Ah Lei Gua once more playing central elderly figures dealing with the transition from tradition to modernity, andWinston Chao. The film was released on August 3, 1994, the first of Lee's films to be both a critical and box office success. In 1994, the film received the Asia Pacific Film Festival Award for Best Film, and in 1995 it received an Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The film inspired the 2001 remake Tortilla Soup, set in a Mexican-American family.
This film tells the story of a semi-retired and widowed Chinese master chef at the Taipei Grand Hotel. Chef Chu (Sihung Lung) and his family are living in modern day Taipei, Taiwan. At the start of the film, he lives with his three attractive daughters, all of whom are unattached. The three daughters are:
- Jia-Jen, the oldest one (Kuei-Mei Yang), a school teacher nursing a broken heart
- Jia-Chien, the middle one (Chien-lien Wu), a career woman
- Jia-Ning, the youngest one (Yu-Wen Wang), a twenty year old
As the film progresses, each daughter encounters new men. When these new relationships blossom, their roles are broken and the living situation within the family changes. The father eventually brings the greatest surprise to the audience at the end of the story.