Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (yǐn shí nán nǚ or 饮食男女)

Now that Chinese New Year is over, the Hubby is totally swamped with work – this means that I get to “enjoy” dinner alone with my two kids.

On the days I get off early, I rush home so that I can relieve the maid of the toddler. And of course, re-organize the books, clothes and toys because she wouldn’t do that.

Sometimes, I take the kids out for a run outdoors but now that it’s winter and they’ve got the sniffles, we’re STUCK AT HOME.

This would mean I could be spending SIX hours with TWO kids watching them giggle, play toys, climb, run, jump, fight, scream, whack each other and then howl. -_-

Oh, joy!

Knowing that my daughter spends at least 3 hours a day watching TV while this maid prepares lunch and dinner, I’d either turn off the TV or put on my DVD. Most of the time, they’re not interested in my shows and would wander off to play with their toys.

Last night, both of them were asleep by 9 pm and I did NOT want to look at another book, file, report or document related to work.

Thus, I grabbed some unhealthy snacks and put on “Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (yǐn shí nán nǚ or 饮食男女)

eat_drink_man_womanHere’s the plot from Wikipedia:

“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.”

Loved the opening scenes to this movie, which shows Master Chu preparing the elaborate gourmet Chinese food for Sunday dinners with his three daughters.

I envy his skill using the meat cleaver to peel, slice, chop and basically do anything with food! And I actually held my breath watching his deft fingers pinch the xiao long bao into shape. Such art!!!

WARNING: He kills the fish by inserting two long chopsticks and into its mouth and then…Thank God I didn’t watch the show with the kids O_O

Although it’s called a “comedy”, I didn’t find that many scenes to laugh about other than the scene where the youngest daughter, Jia-Ning, who works at a fast food restaurant makes a witty comeback with Guo-Lun, her best friend’s beau.

Does the movie reflect authentic scenes from China?


I was surprised to find out later when Jia-Chien visits a construction site that it’s actually a Taiwanese movie because an old man uses Hokkien to speak to her LOL. Initially, I thought the film was filmed in Beijing, Shanghai or even Hong Kong.

When Hubby joined me for the movie later, I kept saying,

“That’s what some of my classrooms look like…”

“That’s what some of the students are like…”

“That’s what education in China is like…”

Are there sexy scenes in the movie?

Yes and no. There was no nudity but there are some scenes involving Jia-Chien (starring Jacqueline Wu Chien-lien) but they were tastefully made, which meant that I didn’t have to hit the fast forward button IF I watch it with the kids 😀

Other than the graphic scenes involving the poor fish, the entire movie was quite pleasant – think the kids would have enjoyed watching two grown men try to catch a chicken!

Do you get to see lots of delicious Chinese food in the movie?

Yes. I recognized a few of the dishes (Dongpo pork, shark’s fin soup, winter melon soup) and I really loved the nutritious, lunch boxes that Master Chu lovingly prepares for the little girl, Shan-shan, who lives next door 😀

As a Mom, I felt sad looking at little Shan-shan squeeze her way through the adults rushing on to a crowded bus. Her Mom was also a working mother who was one of the worst cooks.

Feeling sorry for her, old Master Chu says that he’ll prepare her lunch boxes and eat her awful cooked food in return! Such a sweet guy, right?

Little Shan-shan is most popular in school because of her healthy lunch boxes. The kind heart that she has, she takes orders from her classmates for Old Master Chu to prepare LOL

Hope that I’ll be able to watch another nice, Chinese movie soon. Like the movie? Click to get it from Amazon – Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (yǐn shí nán nǚ or 饮食男女)