Eat a Bowl of Tea is set in New York's Chinatown during the immediate postwar years. After a seeming eternity of separation, Chinese immigrants are finally allowed to bring their spouses to the U.S. thanks to looser immigration laws. Those husbands and wives no longer able to procreate fully expect their own sons to head back to China to seek out new brides. Russell Wong plays Ben Loy, a young man who decides not to marry the bride picked out for him, but a girl of his own choice, Mei Oi (played by Cora Miao). The film tackles several issues, including Mei's difficulty in assimilation, Ben's problems with his intrusive relatives, the outside pressure brought to bear in producing an heir, and the ongoing struggle of making ends meet financially. Both bride and groom respond to their insecurities by indulging in extramarital affairs. It takes several near-catastrophic events to prompt a happy reconciliation. Partially funded by PBS' American Playhouse production staff, Eat a Bowl of Tea is based on an extremely popular Chinese-language novel by Louis Chu. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
I really enjoyed this movie; not only for the comedic valuse, but for the realness it portrayed. It was an example of how when we forget to pay attention/ attend to that which is important the things in our life go astray/ begin to fall apart. It also was an example of how to succeed/ survive we must think/ act outside the box.
I have watched a lot of asian films from current to the 50's. I have always been impressed with the stories lines and acting. This movie was really dull. It actually had actors that I recognized so I thought that I was in for a real treat. The movie was a typical predictable story. Pass this by for something else more interesting.
I liked the simplicity of this movie and considering that it was made in the 80s. Not all lead actors are supposed to be attractive, that's what makes this movie real. If you want to see an all attractive cast, go watch a beauty pageant. The characters are speaking english because they are in America, and to say that they should only speak in their native language around each other is a major reason why a lot of foreigners can't speak straight english even after living in the US for years! I liked this movie and I think you should go see it.