Taking place over a single day, Kore-eda’s family drama Still Walking brings together the children and spouses of the Yokoyama family under the roof of its patriarch, Kyohei, and matriarch, Toshiko. Each year, the family remembers the passing of the eldest son, Junpei, which has shaped the dynamic of the entire family.
Food and Film Posts
“Eat, drink, man, woman. Basic human desires. Can’t avoid them. All my life, that’s all I’ve ever done. It pisses me off. Is that all there is to life?”
Eat Drink Man Woman is a Taiwanese language film and one of my favorite “food flicks” made by Ang Lee (Hulk, Brokeback Mountain) earlier in his career. The movie is loaded with food sights and sounds so vivid you can almost taste what’s on screen. It’s a film for food people; the first five minutes alone will inspire you to get into the kitchen.
The story centers around Chu, a professional chef who is, ironically, losing his taste buds and relies on an assistant at work to tell him how good his cooking is. The film takes place largely at Chu’s home where he prepares his infamous Sunday dinner each week. At the insistence of Chu, his three daughters sit down with him each week to a meal they secretly refer to as “Sunday torture.” All three of the daughters are beginning to have complicated lives of their own and living at home is becoming more and more of a problem.