Mr. Chu is Taipei's top chef. A widower for sixteen years, he is raising his three daughters alone: Jen, a chemistry professor with an exacerbated religiosity, Kien, an attractive businesswoman who dreams of becoming independent, and Ning, a young student who works in a fast food restaurant. The life of the Chu family is regulated by these immutable rituals which are the meals, prepared with extreme meticulousness by the father. Withdrawn and not very talkative, cooking is the only way for him to communicate...
With Salted Sweet , the last part of his trilogy on the family, Ang Lee shoots for the first time entirely in Taiwan, his native land. Between drama and comedy, the director of The Secret of Brokeback Mountain observes with tenderness these characters in need of affection whose relationship to each other is made through food. Presented for the first time in its restored version in High Definition, Salted Sweet is an ode to the Taiwanese culinary art, whose scenes of meal preparation, incredible mastery, have fascinated the greatest cooks in the world, including Alain Passard. !
SALTY SWEET (1994 – Colors – 124 mins)
SUPPLEMENTS * . THE ESSENCE OF LIFE: ANG LEE ON “SALTY SWEET” (23 mins) Ang Lee evokes traditional Chinese culture and the evolution of the family within a rapidly changing society.
. FATHER KNOWS BEST: JAMES SCHAMUS ON "SALTY SWEET" (13 mins) James Schamus discusses the cultural differences between American and Taiwanese filming by comparing his experiences on Ang Lee's “Father Knows Best” trilogy.
. MAKING-OF (19 mins) A look back at the shooting of Ang Lee's third film and the working method of this perfectionist director. * in HD on the Blu-ray version