I love this movie. I first saw it on Netflix, it recommended this movie based on me giving The Joy Luck Club five stars (LOL), it was a completely different movie altogether though, but whatever, I am not going to give a comparison to the movies - it has nothing to do with this movie.
I loved the movie so much when I saw it on Netflix that I bought it on Amazon. Anyway, the movie is entirely in Mandarian Chinese, with English subtitles. It was filmed in Taiwan. Some ramblings of another reviewer kept going on and on about Tortilla Soup - to that, I want to say this, that mediocre film Tortilla Soup was a remake of THIS movie! Just because you saw that movie first doesn't mean it was made first; this movie was made in 1994 (hello! you do the math!) - I just had to get that off my chest because I mean, really, when they remade it, they didn't even bother changing the script! Talk about plagiarism!
Anyhoo, this is a great movie to show Chinese culture, for those of you who are curious - or who love movies (like me) of ethnic cultures (like Moonstruck, My Big Fat Greek Wedding, Fiddler on the Roof, etc.). I loved the movie so much I didn't even care that I had to read the subtitles, it didn't take away from the brilliance of the movie at all... I think it was the fact that my mouth was watering so much!
This is the BEST movie that shows Chinese culture via food - just so you know, the movie starts off with the father, a master chef in Taiwan, Mr. Chu, making the ritual Sunday family dinner. The five minute filming of the beginning of the film where it shows such a detailed cooking is so rich, and makes you sooo HUNGRY! I always get so hungry after this movie, and nothing ever satisfied my appetite unless I have authentic Chinese food (and I'm not talking about the take-out kind either).
Anyway, this movie is not a drama - it's a light, family comedy; but not those stupid slapstick comedies like Will Ferrell or Jim Carrey does; it's a realistic comedy (think of a cooking show on the Food Network with a plot line).