Eat a Bowl of Tea

1989

Action / Comedy / Drama / Romance

1
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 46%
IMDb Rating 6.3 10 647

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Director

Cast

Paul Carr as Fry Cook
Russell Wong as Ben Loy
Jessica Harper as American Prostitute
Victor Wong as Wah Gay
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944.73 MB
1280*714
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 42 min
P/S 0 / 8
1.71 GB
1920*1072
English 2.0
NR
23.976 fps
1 hr 42 min
P/S 1 / 7

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by MartinHafer 7 / 10

very nice look at Chinese-Americans

This is not a great movie, but is still quite good. The story involves Chinese men who suddenly have the chance to marry. Up until then, US immigration quotas separated families in an effort to limit an influx of the Chinese. They did so by allowing MEN into the country but not women! The movie moves at a nice leisurely pace and I had no serious complaints. It's just that there are better stories about the clash between traditional and modern Chinese culture (such as in Eat, Drink, Man, Woman). Still, considering how few movies about Chinese or Chinese-Americans exist, this pretty makes this movie a must-see for the curious viewer.

Reviewed by crossbow0106 7 / 10

A Good Film From Director Wang

Ignore the picture that was used as the poster of this film, it is completely incongruous to the story. This is a film set in New York's Chinatown about a couple, one an Americanized Chinese young man (Ben Loy) who agrees to marry a young lady (Mei Oi) from a small village in China. She comes to New York and the story is the struggle of their compatibility. The movie is set in the late 1940's/early 1950's and it has a good rhythm to it. Most of it is in English, but that doesn't matter. At times you feel like a voyeur, looking in on this couple and wondering what will happen next to them. They do have their problems, and she even takes on a lover (Eric Tsang, who has a smallish but pivotal part), but the story is about the clash between Chinese traditions and their present day. While the film is good, it partly suffers from melodramatic overload. If you're interested in seeing a film about the immigrant experience, this is a good one about the Chinese one. I saw it on TCM in the wee hours of the morning. I watched it through, so that in and of itself is an endorsement.

Reviewed by ccthemovieman-1 3 / 10

Sadly, It Bored Almost All Viewers Including Me

First of all, I certainly agree with review "blueghost" who notes this movie is NOT a comedy. That is very true. For me it was almost entire a melodrama with a few smiles here and there. It's a very non-offensive story, which is nice, and it's beautifully filmed as I find most Chinese movies tend to be. That's one of the reasons I give them a try. Many times, frankly, they are on the slow side but I marvel at the colors and sometimes I enjoy the leisurely pace. (I'm excluding all those martial-arts films.)

Very few people, including national critics who are reluctant to criticize foreign films, enjoyed this film.

The story is a tale from the late 1940s/early '50s when Chinese were first allowed to bring their wives to the United States after being barred from doing so for years and years.

The problem with the film is that after a somewhat-promising start, it bogs down too much with the day-to-day problems of married life. This is the kind of stuff that gives soap operas a bad name. The story never recovers and this is a hard film to stick with, unless you are fascinated with the conflicts involving Chinese-American men and old-school Chinese women.

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