Eat a Bowl of Tea
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Eat a Bowl of Tea

Director: Wayne Wang

Cast: Cora Miao, Russell Wong, Victor Wong

     
 
Eat a Bowl of Tea utilizes a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that provides an effective viewing experience. The images deftly convey the Chinatown environment of the late '40s, and virtually zero distractions appear on the screen. The level of grain remains pretty low, and the defects are extremely minor. The only negative is that the colors could have

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Eat a Bowl of Tea utilizes a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer that provides an effective viewing experience. The images deftly convey the Chinatown environment of the late '40s, and virtually zero distractions appear on the screen. The level of grain remains pretty low, and the defects are extremely minor. The only negative is that the colors could have been a bit sharper, and the clarity level could be slightly improved. On an overall scale, however, this transfer provides a solid presentation. This disc features an acceptable 2.0 channel Dolby Surround transfer that corresponds with the usual expectations for this type of release. The dialogue is understandable and reaches the proper volume level, which works for this talk-heavy story. Nothing stands out as being overly remarkable with the audio track, but it does nicely showcase Mark Adler's memorable score. The sounds remain fairly centralized, but everything is adequate enough to warrant a positive recommendation. The only extra features on this disc are bonus trailers for Maid in Manhattan, The Road Home, and The Vertical Ray of the Sun. All three previews offer appealing widescreen transfers and utilize 2.0 channel stereo sound.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Eat a Bowl of Tea (the title of which is a rather literal translation of a Chinese saying that means "take your medicine") is a charming if uneven entry in director Wayne Wang's films exploring Chinese-American life. Wang is at his best here when capturing the little moments that define character and culture, such as the moment when Mei Oi crosses her eyes to make herself unattractive to her prospective husband, or when she delightedly discovers the joy of a gas-lit stove, or the manner in which Wah Gay swaggers from the new "face" he has gained from his son's procurement of a new bride. Wang is less successful with making some of the big moments work; he cannot totally reconcile the differences in tone which crop up throughout the film, especially after it takes a firm turn toward melodrama about halfway through. This undermines some of the film's effectiveness, but there are enough pleasures from the cast and from the palpable sense of community to make up for this flaw. Victor Wong's carefully calibrated performance creates a character that is as irritating as he is appealing; it finds the humor in the character without making it a caricature. Cora Miao is a strong presence, and Russell Wong is likeable, even if his performance is not as assured and confident as it could be. Although it derails itself occasionally, Eat a Bowl of Tea is largely enjoyable.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2003
UPC:
0043396010178
Original Release:
1989
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Digitally mastered audio and anamorphic video; Remastered in high definition; Widescreen; English audio; English and French subtitles; Bonus trailers; Interactive menus; Scene selections

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Cora Miao Mei Oi
Russell Wong Ben Loy
Victor Wong Wah Gay
Lee Sau Kee Bok Fat
Eric Tsang Actor
Law Lan Aunt Gim
Jessica Harper Actor
Lau Siu Ming Lee Gong
Wai Ching Ho Song, Ah
Lydia Shum Actor

Technical Credits
Wayne Wang Director
Mark Adler Score Composer
Marit Allen Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Candib Editor
John K. Chan Producer
Lisa Dean Set Decoration/Design
Nancy Hamilton Songwriter
Yam Chan Hoi Makeup
Lidsay Law Executive Producer
Morgan Lewis Songwriter
Nancie Marsalis Makeup
Amir Mokri Cinematographer
Judith Rascoe Screenwriter
Tom Sternberg Producer
Tim Yip Art Director
Bob Ziembicki Production Designer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [1:56]
2. Wah Gay [3:34]
3. A Letter to His Wife [1:45]
4. Lee Gong [1:29]
5. "Slow Boat to China" [3:25]
6. Homecoming [3:34]
7. Gifts From America [2:20]
8. Mei Oi [2:58]
9. Lost Horizon [3:39]
10. The Wedding [2:58]
11. Fathers-in-Law [1:42]
12. An Historical Occasion [7:24]
13. "Spring in New York" [3:13]
14. Homesick, a Little Bit [1:34]
15. "Everybody's Watching Us" [1:31]
16. Too Many Mouths [7:10]
17. An Old Friend Stops By [5:13]
18. Ah Song in Her Heart [2:19]
19. Company for Mei Oi [5:44]
20. "I'm Pregnant" [4:33]
21. Ah Song Remains the Same [2:04]
22. Bad News From Home [3:37]
23. "I Got No Face!" [4:09]
24. Split Decision [1:32]
25. Not Welcome Anymore [4:20]
26. A Proud Man [6:42]
27. Havana & Chicago Bound [5:32]
28. A Chance to Start Over Again [6:37]

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