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Hello? Have you eaten? Not yet?
Just throw together some noodles
That fish is excellent.
Don't roast it. That would be a pity.
It just needs to be slightly steamed.
Don't add any salt!
Whatever you do, no salt!
Salt dries the fish, and it won't be tender.
Just get a pot of boiling water,
and put salt around the plate.
If not today,
then when will we talk about it?
Small coke, three chickens?
That'll be yuan.
-I ordered chicken!
-That is chicken!
I can't cover for you today.
Guo-Lun is taking me to the beach.
You have to! Father'll kill me
if I'm late for Sunday dinner again.
And I thought you and Guo-Lun broke up!
I just want to torture him a bit more.
Then torture him
by keeping him waiting an hour.
-How's the new boyfriend?
Still working on a Sunday afternoon?
New boyfriend's okay, pretty quiet.
Especially after Bo-Kang.
Let's get together later?
Don't work so hard!
-Thanks, but I'm seeing Raymond later.
What does that mean?
The difference between Christians
and ordinary people...
...is not only do we have eternal hope...
...but we also rely on God...
...to give us wisdom
to overcome our difficulties...
...and to give us joyfulness and peace
to settle our frustrations.
Yeah. Just a little wound up.
Work, you know,
and I just closed on the new apartment.
All my savings...
...but it'll be worth it
to get out of that house.
That was wonderful.
-Better than when we were together.
-It's much easier like this.
We were a disaster as a couple.
All that shouting and fighting.
You want to come down
to my gallery now?
A new woman artist. You'd like her work.
I have to get home
for the Sunday dinner torture ritual.
Punch your time card.
-Change my Sunday schedule, please?
-I'll see what I can do.
-I'm Chu Jia-Ning.
Rachel asked me to tell you
she'll be an hour late.
Shit! How dare she!
Don't be angry!
It's just an hour, even less now.
It's not the first time
she's made a fool of me.
-It's not serious.
-What would you know?
Have you loved someone who hates you...
...who hurts you every day?
It's my fault, really.
She forgot she was covering for me.
I didn't know I'd cause so much suffering.
You're not to blame. It's me.
I want to end this addiction to love,
but I'm too weak.
-Well, I'd better be going.
Will you tell Rachel to bring back
the red shirt she borrowed?
She can bring it to work.
What are you reading?
-Promise me we'll go to choir practice?
I'll think about it.
Brother Chai is the handsomest man
in the congregation...
...and he loves your voice!
I don't wish to be liked only for my voice!
I'll never find a husband for you!
Then stop trying.
Dear God, please bring luck to our family...
...we are happy to have God in our hearts...
...and thank you so much
for this terrific dinner...
...and thank you again for bringing
our family together with happiness.
In the name of Jesus Christ, thank you.
These past two days, l....
-No, it's fine.
The ham was over smoked.
-Father probably forgot to taste it.
-Or his taste is getting worse.
-My taste is fine!
Jin-Feng called from America.
Her mother is coming back.
-But her green card?
-She just can't stand it anymore.
They fight and fight. Even the police came.
Mrs. Liang is really hell on wheels.
She can't live there.
no companion for mah-jongg...
...her son-in-law isn't Chinese.
It's a miracle she lasted that long.
It might be a good thing for Jin-Rong.
She can help take care of Shan-Shan.
-She might cause more stress.
-It'll be fine.
And Dad will have someone to chat with.
Like I have time to gossip
after taking care of you three?
These past two days, l....
I have a little announcement to make.
Have you seen the TV ads
for "Little Paris in the East"?
That new luxury apartment building
A friend, who knows the contractors,
told me how well-built it is.
He was able to get my bid in
for a good price.
You're moving out?
Not immediately, of course.
It isn't ready yet.
I used most of my savings for the deposit.
Real estate is a smart investment today.
Then I'll move
when the apartment is ready?
-I need to speak with your dad!
Dad, it's for you.
-Hurry here, I need your help....
What? Right away!
There are crab dumplings in the steamer!
Get them out
when you're ready to eat them!
Master Chu, how are you?
Master Chu, how are you?
Hello, Master Chu.
Hello, Master Chu.
-Serve the sea cucumbers first! Hurry!
-Master Chu is here!
Thank God, you're here!
-Where's Old Wen?
-Over here! What a mess!
The boss wanted the banquet to be perfect.
Now look at this mess!
What's going on? Hurry up!
It's all right.
The last four courses are stews.
We'll make the Whole Shark Fin,
and problem solved.
With you here, I can relax.
You can take charge here. I'll be up front.
The guy who bought the fins
didn't know anything.
It looked genuine,
but it fell apart when we cooked it.
Fake fins don't have elasticity
when boiled in hot water.
There's no flavor,
no matter how long you cook it.
What will we do now?
It's a wedding for the General's son!
This is only good for gravy.
The Whole Shark Fin dish
will look like a porcupine.
We'll make Joy Luck Dragon Phoenix.
-Abalone? We'll lose money on this!
-Money is not important now.
We'll first settle the situation,
and I'll explain this to the boss later.
Let's get ready, everyone!
I need lobsters, abalone and jade prawns!
On the th floor,
and the windows face south.
Central air conditioning?
Of course. There's also a guest room
for you to stay when you visit.
I don't know why I'm upset.
I should be happy for her.
No, I understand.
I should be the one apologizing.
I shouldn't leave Father in your hands...
...but I just can't live here
with him any more.
Even though I'll be just a few miles away,
it's like being in another world.
-I don't blame you for being upset.
-Why should we be upset?
It's just a matter of time before you
or Jia-Jen gets married and moves out.
What's the difference?
I'm acting upset because
I worry how Father will take it.
He can barely stand
the sight of me these days.
We hardly speak to each other.
It will be a great relief for everyone.
Anyhow, Dad doesn't need us around.
What he really needs
is a companion his own age...
...like Mrs. Liang.
That's not even funny.
We've tried setting him up,
and it's been a disaster.
The only true love in his life
was our mother.
-You call bickering and fighting love?
-What do you know?
Maybe it's not romance to you...
...but it was founded on real
old-fashioned respect and values.
It was an old-fashioned war
that ended only when Mom died!
How would you know?
You were a kid when she died.
I was old enough to know her better.
Stop it, you two.
This is how it's done.
Jin-Rong is here!
You're all here. Where's Uncle Chu?
Something came up at the restaurant.
He went to help.
Jia-Chien is busy in her room.
Have you eaten?
-It's : ! Of course we ate.
-Today, Mom burned the fish.
I didn't bring you along to complain.
I'll give you some of Grandpa Chu's
crab dumplings to take home.
-You got a haircut.
-Yes. I run around like crazy every day.
I don't have time to care for it.
It's easier short.
-You look younger.
I wanted to look more professional.
Can we go draw now?
Can we draw Grandpa Chu today?
-Was it really that bad?
They were both crying and fussing.
Mom said Jin-Feng wasn't being filial.
Jin-Feng said if Mom stayed with them,
she'd end up divorced.
If Jin-Feng got a divorce, too,
my mother really couldn't take it.
I still feel that Jin-Feng should care for her.
With your current situation,
you have a job, take care of a child...
...take care of an elder person,
and deal with your divorce?
Which just got worse. He hired
a private investigator to have me followed.
He'll do anything to take
Shan-Shan away from me.
I can't wait for the final decree.
-Why don't you tell her to come back later?
You and Jin-Feng were old schoolmates.
You know her.
Mother always wanted to be with me
instead of her.
Same thing here.
Father wants to live with me.
It's not the same.
Uncle Chu is much stronger than my mom.
He takes care of himself and others.
Unlike my mother,
who needs constant attention.
My dad needs attention, too.
How many more Sunday dinners
can we have?
Jia-Ning is young,
Jia-Chien is independent...
...so I'll have to take care of Dad
for the rest of my life.
I'm sure he doesn't want that.
Auntie's drawing of Grandpa Chu.
It's time to go home.
Wait, I'll get the dumplings.
We're always taking food home.
you're like another daughter in this family.
So you really are like Dad's granddaughter.
-I want to show this to Grandpa Chu.
I want to show this to Grandpa Chu!
I lied, I lied!
Those dumplings are fresh.
Take them home to your kids.
Do you want this to go?
Old Chu, don't get upset.
Girls eventually leave home.
It was bound to happen.
I'm not upset.
I hope they all move out,
so I can have a quiet life.
Quiet life? I know you.
What you want, you can't get.
What you don't want, you can't get rid of.
You're as repressed as a turtle.
That old maid of yours, Jia-Jen,
will stick to you for life...
...unless you marry her off!
Since she lost her asshole
...she's never looked at another man.
You know that.
And now she has the perfect boyfriend:
Don't make fun of her religion!
How is it that for years I have
put up with this kind of talk from you?
The truth is...
...you should be thankful
someone's around to tell you the truth.
That Jia-Chien's temper....
She was spoiled as a child.
I can't take it anymore.
That girl just didn't come from nowhere.
Jia-Chien's a perfect blend
of you and her mother.
Her mother's stubbornness and willfulness.
And the pickiness and pomposity...
...come straight from you!
I think I know her better than you do.
I don't understand any of them,
and I don't want to know.
Let them grow up and leave.
It's like cooking.
Your appetite's gone
when the dish is done.
That's not the worst thing.
At least people like your cooking.
Honestly, I'd have to give that up
if it hadn't been for you lately.
My sense of taste
is getting worse and worse.
My food is only as good
as the expression on your face.
Don't be silly.
You rely on your feelings when you cook,
not your taste buds.
Like that Western deaf composer,
-That's right, Beethoven.
Good sound is not in the ear,
good taste is not in the mouth...
...and good sex...
...God knows where.
Eat, drink, man, woman.
Basic human desires.
Can't avoid them.
All my life, every day,
that's all I've ever done.
It pisses me off. Is that all there is to life?
We should be thankful
that we're still alive and cooking.
By the way, when will you have
your recipes written up?
Didn't you say that you wanted to write
down the great recipes from your memory?
I'm just afraid that one day, you'll....
God damn you!
Are you counting the days
to take advantage of the opportunity?
Here, taste this!
It's : .
Get up, lazy-bones.
Jia-Chien, get up!
How many times have I told you
not to fall asleep at your desk?
It's bad for your posture.
And didn't the doctor tell you that
jogging was bad for your back?
-Good morning, Grandpa Chu.
Morning! Off to school?
Why are you eating your breakfast here?
I don't have time for breakfast.
Look! Your dumplings from yesterday.
But Mom squeezed the juice out,
so I wouldn't get my hands all greasy.
Come to my house at noon,
and I'll make lunch for you.
-I have school all day.
Then where's your lunch box?
The bus is here!
The valence electron of a typical element...
...is equal to its groups.
And its valence electron in turn
is equal to its groups. Understood?
Okay, let's look at the periodic table
of the elements again.
The Group A elements:
... A, A, ....
Okay, let's use the color red for Group A.
Let's take a look.
-Who will return the ball?
Very well, then I'll do it.
Hey, where'd it go? Give it back.
Sorry! We missed!
-I'll come up and get it.
-I can throw it down.
She's throwing the bouquet!
What's going on? What's in your hand?
-Bring it here, let me see it.
-There's nothing to see.
Bring it here!
Give it to me.
Writing love letters in chemistry class?
Love letters are
a kind of chemical catalyst.
-Someone wrote it to me.
What is this doing in class?
Who hasn't received love letters before?
"A la fin tu es las de ce monde ancien
"BergŤre Ű tour Eiffel
le troupeau des ponts bÍle ce matin"
The American airline industry
is going through a recession.
This is a golden opportunity for us
to bid for the Sydney to Bangkok routes...
...which the British are also eyeing.
They will be our toughest competition,
and the fight will be fierce.
I'll be able to put a price
on these routes within two weeks...
...and I feel that there is
significant potential in all of them.
Thank you, Deputy Director Chu,
for that report.
this plan poses real opportunities...
...for the growth of our company.
The question is, "Do we have enough
airplanes to handle all these cities?"
Be quiet. What do you know?
That kid. My son just graduated.
He'll get it slowly.
Our chief negotiator!
Everyone, please welcome Mr. Li Kai.
He was the one who single-handedly...
...fought to get us our Amsterdam routes.
I'm very happy to see him
as a part of our team.
My apologies for being late.
My flight was delayed.
We have a big battle to wage.
I want to announce that
Li Kai is our general in charge.
We are to give him
the manpower and assistance he needs.
By following this order,
one observes the energy...
...of the chemical element rising.
-Go home, study hard. Class dismissed.
Stand straight. Bow.
Thank you, Teacher.
Over here, over here.
To the left, to the left!
Is it broken?
-Coach dislocated his shoulder.
My right shoulder always goes.
-We need to rush him to the hospital.
-They're getting Coach Chai.
What's up? Out again? Come on!
Thanks, Coach! It's as good as new.
-C'mon, let's keep going.
-That's it for today.
Break it up.
Please hurry, and leave for your lunch hour.
I'm bringing Shan-Shan her lunch box.
I didn't have much time to make you
more than a few small dishes.
Spareribs, crab with vegetables...
...shrimp with green peas,
bean sprouts and sliced chicken...
...and your favorite,
spareribs and bitter melon soup.
It's not much,
because I was afraid you can't finish.
Come on, eat while it's hot.
-Are you catching a bus?
-Your shoulder? Can you ride?
Tomorrow, I'll spike the ball again.
Next week's the big tournament.
-I haven't seen you before.
-I'm the new volleyball coach.
-I'm Chou Ming-Dao.
-Where do you live?
-Her-Ping East Road.
-That's a nice area.
-It's an old house.
I would have given you a ride
if it were on the way.
-The bus is convenient.
-Well, I'm off.
Come and root for the team next week.
Why are you here?
Guess. I'm here for Rachel...
...who will no doubt keep me waiting
for another hour again.
-I doubt it.
-How do you know?
She got off work an hour ago.
She said she was going home.
Try this. It tastes great.
The smell is making me sick.
You're just feeling sorry for yourself.
No, I feel wonderful. Love is torture.
I know that deep in her heart,
she truly loves me.
But she told me she doesn't love you at all.
If she doesn't love me...
...then why is she wasting her energy
That's not true love.
You hardly know each other.
You two hardly even talk.
when was your last real conversation...
...about your thoughts, feelings and life?
I can't remember. It's all a blur now.
I'll tell you what's a blur: your idea of love.
True love is being with someone
who loves you.
You can feel free to express your feelings.
Next to her,
you can feel free to talk about anything.
But I feel free to talk
about my feelings around you.
Is that true love?
Don't be silly!
Here's your Stinky Tofu.
He's still jet-lagged.
He flew in and came straight to work.
Cute, isn't he?
The best way to increase sexual prowess...
...is to mix ounces of ginseng,
ounces of aloe vera...
...and ounces of dried sea cucumber.
-What are you doing?
-That cat's driving me crazy.
At least someone's
having some fun around here.
Here they are.
No wonder I couldn't find them.
I'm sorry about that crack.
-I'm sure you'll find someone--
Why does everyone think
I'm looking for a boyfriend?
I already found someone, thank you.
Sis, it's been nine years.
You can't still be heartbroken--
-None of your business.
It's agreed, then.
I'll make you a lunch box every day.
But sometimes Mama makes me
a lunch box. Then what?
We'll trade. I'll eat your lunch,
and your mom won't find out.
Can you make one for Chen Pei-Hsin, too?
She's my best friend.
We had to eat hamburgers every day.
It's a simple job, just more ingredients.
Thank you, Grandpa Chu!
-Your plant is dying.
-I always forget to water it.
-You can't take it with you, anyhow.
-Am I fired?
Let's not jump to any conclusions.
Of course, it's premature to tell you this.
I still need approval from the board.
I've recommended you to be vice-president
of our Amsterdam office...
...in charge of all our operations.
you're much too young for the position...
...and too beautiful.
But all the men I've sent over are idiots...
...so you'll have to do.
But, Chief, l....
Everyone wants this job.
What are you waiting for?
-I just purchased an apartment.
-Rent it out.
You'll probably make a profit.
Then again, let's wait until the board
confirms your appointment.
I felt like cooking.
The kitchen is all yours.
This is Tsu-An Tofu.
Unfortunately, you don't have
a bamboo steamer, but taste it anyway.
-Where's the tofu?
-The tofu is blended in with the chicken.
It's steamed in the pot
until it looks like a beehive...
...which is then cut into pieces
and stewed with ham in an old hen broth.
You shouldn't have rewarded me like this.
I like cooking elaborate dishes.
I wish I could do it at home.
-You can't cook tofu at home?
-No, I can't cook at home.
-Doesn't your dad have a big kitchen?
But it's off-limits to me.
If I cooked there, he'd come and stop me...
...as if I'd be stealing his thunder.
Carp with garlic sauce,
the first dish Uncle Wen taught me.
And this is duck-oil sautťed pea sprout.
One duck, two dishes.
Duck sautťed with garlic.
A perfect balance.
It's an ancient philosophy: food balanced
with energy, flavor and nature.
This I understand.
Like balancing yin and yang.
Take your time.
There's also a tofu dumpling coming up.
There's enough for people.
I always cook in large servings,
because I learned in a large restaurant.
I don't have any childhood memories...
...unless I cook them into existence.
I can't remember a thing
from my childhood.
You wouldn't believe
how fun and warm my father used to be.
Back then, after school,
before the dinner rush...
...he'd bake me bracelets made of bread.
I used to have a ring...
...full of spices and sugar diamonds
made from dough.
He enjoyed letting me play
in the big kitchen.
Jia-Jen was so jealous.
-Here, wear this squid ring, and then eat it.
How about nibbling my earring?
I'm sorry I got so sentimental tonight.
No, I just had too much to eat.
The pepper smells good.
How is it?
Don't make me guess your expressions.
Name, address, social security number,
family status, relatives.
If he needs special care,
please fill out this bottom section.
-You're here. It's okay now.
They ran some tests in the ER.
He feels better now.
-Was it a heart attack?
-We'll have to do more tests.
-Do you have a pen?
-I'll fill it out.
Just like me to be practically killed
by a fart.
Blame your father's cooking.
His cooking is getting worse and worse
You had too much of it.
Come on, give Uncle Wen a hug.
-Why'd you grow up to be so pretty?
-To be courted by men.
It seems like only yesterday,
you were a little girl...
...following your father and I
around the kitchen.
Back and forth.
You were so smart.
You learned everything just once.
-What a talent. Right, Old Chu?
What's the use?
You still banished me from the kitchen.
It was for your own good.
You should learn something useful.
You just can't accept a woman
being a great chef.
Don't start again, you two. Jia-Chien...
...if you wanted to be a chef,
you would've been one of the greats.
But your father was right
to send you to college.
You should thank your father...
...for throwing you out
of our smelly kitchen.
you wouldn't have what you have today.
No one ever asked me if I'd appreciate this.
Don't hold a grudge against your father.
He's getting old
and just as confused as I am.
But I know that in his heart,
he's extremely proud of you.
Just look at him.
He keeps all of his feelings and emotions
bottled up inside him.
he'll have to express himself to you...
...or he'll end up in a hospital
...worse than an upset stomach.
There's yuan in change.
Why didn't you ask for it?
We're lucky he got us here
through the traffic in the rain!
The meter was running! lf there's money
to be made, they'll make it!
Tell him to get out
and help with the luggage!
They're supposed to carry
the luggage for tips!
Just like your sister,
you throw out tips like water.
But how much does your sister make
compared to you?
You're all alone now.
Save as much as you can.
Who are you gonna depend on
when you get old?
I'll be depending on whomever
you're depending on!
What? No elevator?
He hasn't come by in a week.
He didn't even call me.
Maybe he's busy with exams.
Weren't you ignoring him?
Didn't you want to break up with him?
No. I was just playing hard to get.
I love him, you know.
I think I really love him.
That's strange. Is it because....
Why is he ignoring me all of a sudden?
What should I do?
You honestly think we can
pull that many out of Sydney?
Why not Bangkok? Or Osaka?
I showed you the projections yesterday.
Do you still have questions?
I'm not used to working with someone
who's not a certifiable idiot.
Or maybe you're a little too smug?
Probably, but you know what I mean.
Maybe it's because
I sometimes get a flash...
...about how meaningless all this crap is.
Or maybe I'm just tired.
-You want some tea?
-I want liquor.
I sense a bottle of scotch in the vicinity.
-How did you know?
I figured you spend so much time in here.
Am I really that much of an old maid?
No, far from it!
You remind me of when I was a student.
The smartest were often the wildest.
We used to make liquor in chemistry lab
and hide it behind the blackboard.
So you were a chemist?
That's what I studied to be
in a prior lifetime.
-Then why this?
-Business? The airline business?
-The same way you did.
-Well, I didn't really plan this.
To your health.
Why did the two of you
turn in your homework so late?
Take a look at your work.
I better not see this again.
You appeared like May sunshine
with your rose smile
Spreading love and warmth
Torturing yourself again?
Actually, I'm waiting for you.
-Do you live here?
-Nobody lives here. I just sleep here.
-In China, eyeing real estate deals.
They stop by once in a while
to check up on the place.
Busy making money.
-Do they stay downstairs?
Just a tenant downstairs.
My grandma used to live there...
...but since her stroke,
my parents put her in a nursing home.
-Would you like something to drink?
-Some ice water.
It's very quiet here.
-Do you want to hear some music?
-Are these yours?
I didn't know you were into photography.
Not really, I only take pictures
of my grandmother. I visit her every week.
The camera seems to be
the only thing she responds to...
...with her eyes.
Probably the flash.
She can't talk?
Maybe she doesn't want
to be photographed.
I had the same thought but....
Here she comes.
I'm on the th floor.
There is a window view overlooking Taipei.
-Why can't we go in?
-It must be dangerous.
Oh, no! It's a big fraud.
The police shut it down.
-What do you mean?
-This land is a toxic waste dump.
Can't you smell the poison?
I don't smell a thing.
Hope you weren't one of the suckers
who bought it. The company's bankrupt!
The company took the money and ran.
I told you, you should have invested in art.
Sorry. Bad joke.
Just wanted to cheer you up.
If you don't want to stay at home...
...l can help you find a place.
You all right?
Oddly, I feel light and free.
-Free enough to fly to Amsterdam!
Where is Mr. Wen in Room ?
He checked out this morning
against his doctor's advice.
-Are you his relative?
-He's my father's associate.
Miss, which way is the elevator?
-Straight down, turn left.
Paging Cardiovascular, Dr. Wang Tze-Chen,
please report to room....
-May I help you?
-What department is this?
Wake up, sleepyhead.
Dad forgot to add the shrimp paste
in the flat mushroom.
Mrs. Liang is back.
She repeatedly tells Jin-Rong
what happened in America...
...driving her crazy.
Shan-Shan said Mrs. Liang's cooking
is worse than her mother's.
I have an announcement to make.
It's about my work.
Lately, my company is--
You don't need to tell us. We read
about your apartment in the paper.
What are you going to do?
Can't you get your money back?
Did you put all of your savings
in that apartment?
...you may continue to live here.
Your t-shirts were in my closet.
These are yours.
He should let us sort our own clothes.
He seems preoccupied lately.
Exactly. Would I wear
old-fashioned underwear like these?
Did my underwear offend you?
-You know what I mean.
-I'm afraid I don't.
-Dad, are you all right?
-Why did you ask?
-No, it's just that....
-Do I look bad?
-Shan-Shan, Jin-Rong, come in!
I should have come sooner
to visit and thank you in person.
Jin-Rong is too busy to bring me over.
I almost had to force her to take me.
She said that you and your whole family
really took care of them.
It's only my duty. Jia-Jen and Jin-Feng
were good classmates.
You took care of my daughter
when she was in Tainan.
Now that Jin-Rong is alone in Taipei....
-Little Aunt, can we draw?
-For Uncle Chu.
-Jia-Jen, it's been so long.
-Still teaching at the same school?
-Still not married?
Frankly, marriage is quite meaningless.
A bad marriage is such a burden.
You might as well get a divorce.
You have to be insane to marry
such a loser, like Jin-Rong's husband.
It's like a tired dog
dragging some broken cart.
And in the end, you're left all alone.
-Isn't that so, Mr. Chu?
-Ma, why do you have to say that?
-But it's true!
-Prepare some fruit, Jia-Jen.
-Your second daughter?
-Hello, Mrs. Liang.
-How old are you?
-It's time to have a boyfriend.
Don't wait too long like your older sister.
-Let's sit down.
-Let me make some tea.
-Can we draw now?
You're No. .
-Aren't you pretty?
-Are you used to Taipei yet?
-It's okay. Good to be home.
Do you have a boyfriend?
I'm sure you have several.
Keep your options open.
Don't listen to what men say,
but watch their actions. Understood?
Isn't that right, Mr. Chu?
-Your daughters aren't bad.
-Your daughters are fine, too.
Mine are no good.
My oldest is in the middle of
this nasty divorce.
Her husband was so sordid.
He fools around with several other women.
I can't even mention the details.
And there's my youngest
with her white husband...
...who plays electric guitar
in the garage all weekend.
He eats hamburgers with onions every day.
And when I fry rice,
the smoke alarm goes off!
I tell you,
it was like a living hell there for me.
-Mr. Chu, I'm sure you don't mind, do you?
-Of course not. Please.
A breeze blows in...
...fluttering through your clothes,
across your smile.
In a dreamy garret,
I am keeping my late autumn love for you.
"Late autumn love...."
"So many times,
I want to say 'l love you'
I want to say "I'm sorry"
"You cried, 'This is fate. It's over'
How are you, Teacher?
"But give me just one moment
"One more look
"Don't take everything away
"A little tenderness
"Donít let me hurt so bad
"You can make me happy
"Make me sad
"Make me willing to give you...
Thank you. Thank you.
I'm new here,
so I'm not familiar with everyone.
So I nominate Teacher Chu for a song.
Teacher, what do you want to sing?
That won't be necessary.
I'll sing Love's Commandments.
"Love is forever, patient, and kind
"Love isnít jealous
"Love isn't boastful or crazy
"Love doesn't do shameful things"
A soprano! You have a great voice.
-I wanted to ask you a question.
Are you free this Sunday?
I'm taking the volleyball team on an outing.
Do you want to come?
-You should get some sun.
Join us if you've got nothing else to do.
Think about it, and let me know. Bye!
Don't crowd me! Be quiet!
-What do you want?
-Curried beef and rice.
-Fried rice with eggs.
It's too easy for Grandpa Chu.
He won't do it. Something more difficult.
Here is Mom's lunch box
and tomorrow's menu.
You're right. The Sydney route
is worth half as much as they're asking.
To think that the Chief
was going to offer $ million.
Great. This is why
you get paid the big bucks.
-No wonder you're so tired all the time.
-You should try it.
In one morning, I've already killed
aliens and saved the world.
-What did you accomplish this morning?
-A small headache.
How could you kill those cute aliens?
I remember now. Forget it.
-You have time to give me a hand?
I always wanted to find
something Chinese for him.
He has plenty of these already.
-He's interested in Chinese culture?
I can't believe that in a few years,
my son is growing up to be an American.
Sometimes I look at him
and wonder if he's actually my son.
He was raised in America,
and his mother doesn't mind.
His mother? How does she feel
about you being away all the time?
She's glad I'm not around.
I think the only reason we're not divorced...
...is that we're both too busy.
That sounds so cynical, doesn't it?
I'm just as cynical
when it comes to my personal life.
-Sometimes I wish I could just....
-Pick up and fly away.
Seems like that's what
you'll be doing pretty soon.
I thought that was the answer, too.
As a result, I really messed things up
after I graduated from Chen-Kong.
After graduation, my old man had a post
for me in his chemical business.
Remember the whiskey lab?
I actually enjoyed it as a subject.
It's the chaos in my life.
There was a lot of pressure
from my parents, my girlfriend.
I guess I didn't have the courage. So I left.
Then you went to the U.S.?
It wasn't great, but it was better
for everyone in the long run.
-This looks Chinese.
You have no idea how much I suffered
from those kids' shows.
Wanna hear the theme?
What the hell, I'll just buy this one.
He'll like it.
Jin-Rong, what's wrong?
Is it the detective?
No. Shan-Shan is not feeling well.
She won't be going to school.
I was wondering why her lunch box
was always so clean.
No one could ever finish
all my short ribs before!
-Hope you don't mind.
-Of course not.
But what about the lunches
I'd prepared for her?
I ate them myself, down to the last bite.
A master chef like you, eating my lunches.
I was more than happy to.
Besides, I lost my sense of taste,
so it's the feeling that counts.
All right. I should go now.
Don't tell Shan-Shan
that I know about this.
-She'd like a little secret between you two.
-Yes, I understand.
I loved him so much.
How could he do this to me?
You hardly cared for him.
I was only pretending...
...because my love for him was so strong!
I was scared of its intensity.
I feel humiliated!
I went to see him, and he....
I don't want to live anymore.
If I only knew, then I wouldn't have....
I thought you two....
Dad, do you need any help?
Call your sisters to dinner.
Can't they stop for once? It's so annoying.
We communicate by eating.
So what's wrong with singing karaoke?
I have an announcement to make.
I know it sounds incredible...
...but a lot of times
things happen this way.
Which class did you fail?
I met a boy. A man.
We're in love. We plan to live together.
His family has a huge apartment,
and his parents will like me.
So I plan on moving in with them.
But the main reason is...
...Iím having his baby.
I'm still in a state of shock.
Do you think Dad's okay? Where'd he go?
He's probably chatting with Mrs. Liang.
Don't worry about him.
Take off to Amsterdam.
Just do what you have to do.
Go ahead. I really meant it.
Sis, do you ever think about what
might have been if you had stayed with...
...what's his name again?
Had you left to the US
with Li Kai after graduation...
...what things might have been like?
Why are you asking?
-Your life could've been different.
-What's wrong with my life now?
Do you want to be stuck here forever?
-What if I told you I saw--
This is my home, and it's fine.
"This is my home, and it's fine,"
but it isn't everything!
But it's Dad's everything!
I know him far better than you do!
Why is it that you feel
that you have to meddle in my life?
What gives you the right
to tell me what to feel?
...my heart was broken by Li Kai.
And you probably think that I'm pathetic
for never getting over it.
But at least I had a heart to break.
I don't need your pity.
And what do you know of my heart?
...because you never felt that
I was worth sharing your feelings with.
Ever since Mom died,
you acted more like a parent than a sister.
You shut me out.
I thought you hated me.
I broke the plate.
Hi, if itís Bo-Kang, stop calling me.
If itís Mom,
get Dad to drink the healthy tea.
Everyone else, please leave a message.
Okay, leave a message.
Hi, Grace. Please call me
when you hear this message.
Nothing really urgent, but...
...we haven't spoken--
Your promotion is official!
My family's from the Hunan Province.
After the war,
my husband and I moved to Shanghai.
There was a Tong De girls' school
in Shanghai. We lived behind that alley.
My husband also loved to cook.
He was just very unlucky.
After we came to Taiwan,
he got stomach cancer and passed away.
I also had to fight tooth and nail
to bring up my children alone.
It's not easy, Mr. Chu.
And look at them now.
Their wings grow stronger and stronger.
They do as they please.
They could care less about you.
It's so not worth it.
I'll translate it first thing tomorrow.
And then you're off to negotiate?
Probably in a couple of weeks.
I'll be in the States for a few days,
then here, and finally to Sydney.
I requested that you take
a few days off to come with me.
I'll need you.
You'll do fine by yourself.
Frankly, with your promotion now...
...it's really your decision.
You're my boss, technically speaking.
Wrong. I am your boss, period.
What is it?
-Don't you know who I am?
-Call me Chu Jia-Chien.
-Okay, whatever you like.
Call me Chu Jia-Chien!
Have you completely erased
my older sister from your memory?
Your older sister?
That's right. My older sister.
Chu Jia-Jen is my older sister.
It's only been nine years
since your romance with her in college.
She's still living in the past
and refusing to marry another!
-You've completely forgotten her!
Now you remember?
I don't remember this person,
but I've heard that name before.
But I really can't remember.
Are you just pretending?
If you feel embarrassed, then forget it.
There must be
some sort of misunderstanding.
I wouldn't deny it if I really knew her,
whether she was your sister or not.
-I need more information.
-The Chemistry Department at Chen-Kong.
-What else do you need?
There weren't many female students
in the Chemistry Department.
-What's she like?
-She was your girlfriend!
She gave you her first kiss!
I don't know what else to tell you!
No, she wasn't my girlfriend.
She wasn't even in my class. Now I recall.
We were in the same department,
but not the same class.
I think she hung out with Jin-Feng.
You know Jin-Feng?
She was my girlfriend!
We broke up after graduation.
She married an American guy
before I left for the States.
I saw her once in Chicago last year.
Now I know.
She often spoke of her best friend.
That must have been Chu Jia-Jen.
Are you all right?
You mean, she made it all up!
-Why would I lie to you?
How did this happen?
She made the whole story up.
Please be home.
Raymond, so glad you're home.
-I just heard an absurd story.
-Raymond, who is it?
I'm in a little....
Oh, I understand.
I'll call you tomorrow.
Welcome back, Chef Wen!
Stop kissing up. Back to work, you fools!
-Just a second!
Where have you been?
Uncle Wen passed away.
B, South, .
Should be around here.
I don't want tea.
I want water.
Drink it, Dad. It's your favorite
mountain tea. You'll feel better.
My taste buds are gone.
I prefer water.
Why is she dressed like that?
I love you, Teacher Chu!
Can a single hand clap?
Even a ballplayer needs an opponent!
Why do I only get to talk
to thin air about love?
Who's been writing these letters to me?
If you have guts, step up!
Who's been putting disgusting letters
on my desk every day? Who?
Why hide if you had the guts
to write them?
I'm not gonna let this go!
I'll post the letters
to check the handwriting!
I'll see where you can hide!
Go ahead and hide!
Teacher said she'd forgive us
for writing the letters.
You guys really went too far.
The outing has been changed to next week.
Will you be coming?
Here's what I'll do, I'll sign you up for now.
If you're busy, then let me know later.
I'm sorry those jerks
hurt your feelings this way.
I'm sorry about the other night.
It was just a really confusing experience.
My mind was blank. Besides you,
I didn't know where else to go.
It's all right.
I should be the one apologizing.
Why should you be sorry? It's your life.
In any case,
I've made some decisions about my future.
I want to go someplace where
no one knows me to get a fresh start.
I knew you could take care of yourself.
I also have a decision to announce
about my future.
You know I'm not the type to settle down.
I'm still not sure about this.
Nevertheless, it's been....
No? I'm sure I've mentioned her name
to you a few times.
Nothing serious in the beginning, until....
You're getting married?
I would have told you about it sooner,
but it was all so sudden.
She's really changed my life.
Maybe she'll also change my future.
It sounds more absurd than your story.
-I didn't know how you'd take it.
I knew you'd understand.
And I know you'll really like
and admire Sophia.
She's quite a painter, a teacher...
...and she's also managing my gallery.
And she's a great cook.
But you know, this marriage is not
going to change my current lifestyle.
She's moving into my apartment
Pretty much the same place,
same job and the same life.
It's : already.
-I'd better be going.
-To where? I'll take you.
Actually, I've got two hours to spare.
Will we be continuing
with our "friendship" status like before?
you do know about the office in the back.
Sorry. I should go now.
Let's keep in touch.
Please think about it some more,
The restaurant really needs your presence.
With so many good young chefs,
you can easily find someone.
But none with the expertise
in the art of Chinese cuisine like you.
Just your presence there would be
a living, treasured cookbook.
Do I just stand in the kitchen
until I rest in peace, like Old Wen?
It's been said,
"People die for money. Birds die for food."
To die for money is a man's business...
...but to die for food?
That's for the birds. Is it worth it?
There's truth to the saying. But your life
has been devoted to the art of cooking.
What a pity to just let it go.
People today are so insensitive.
They can't appreciate
the art of exquisite dining.
Chinese cuisine has traveled
to Taiwan for years.
And just like the rivers
that eventually flow into the sea...
...it's all the same in the end.
Even a mess of slop can pass for
"Joy Luck Dragon Phoenix."
What more can I say?
What is "pity"?
Only when a heart feels dissatisfied
can it feel pity.
Fortunately, I don't plan on wasting
my whole life on this stuff.
Please help me to convince your father
not to retire.
Dad, you plan on retiring?
It's his own business.
He can make his own decision.
Master Chu, are you thinking of
opening your own restaurant?
Be sure to let me know. I'll follow you.
I see that Mr. Chu worries a lot
about his daughters.
-Isn't that parenting?
-It's harder for a single man.
It's been so many years.
When did Mrs. Chu die?
When Jia-Ning was years old,
about years ago.
A widower usually has a short life.
Why didn't he remarry?
Maybe because of the children.
He needs to wise up.
He's raising his daughters for others.
Only the ones nobody wants
end up with you.
If you were so wise, you wouldn't be
haranguing over my divorce.
And you shouldn't blame Jin-Feng either.
What do you think of Mr. Chu?
What about him?
He seems like a nice person
and a great cook.
He doesn't talk much...
...but we really connect.
I have a little announcement to make.
You know, just like Jia-Ning, l....
-Nonsense! Of course not!
It's just that....
We just couldn't wait....
He wants to....
But I'm a Christian....
We asked the priest to marry us
Hold on! He's waiting outside right now.
Come in! Come in.
this is my husband, Chou Ming-Dao.
-You scared me.
-You're gonna be late.
-What are you doing?
-Packing Jia-Jen's things.
-Let me help you.
I loved this room when I was a child.
When your mom wanted
some peace and quiet...
...she also liked being in this room.
Mrs. Liang says this room
is airy and has plenty of light...
...and it would be the perfect place
for an exercise bike.
I went to Jin-Rong's place last night
and told them Jia-Jen's news.
I'm running late.
I'll be back early from work.
Don't move any more stuff until I get back.
Let me tell you...
...kids are creditors collecting
for the sins of our past lives.
They know no compassion.
It's better off not having any.
"Life is a boundless sea.
Only returning to shore is happiness."
Marriage is a source of sin.
A series of worries, disappointments,
misery, conflict and ingratitude.
I tell you, every family has a book
of unspeakable problems.
I have a cause for celebration!
Jin-Rong's divorce decree came through.
I should have it framed.
I want her to remember
her mother's words forever.
I warned her not to marry that bastard!
I'll have this divorce decree framed
and hung on the bathroom wall.
You shouldn't worry so much.
Whatever will be, will be.
Instead of thinking about those creditors,
why not think more about yourself?
Be careful. Watch your step.
Dad's really willing to give the vase to me?
But if you don't take it, Mrs. Liang will.
-What do you mean?
-She's been here almost every night.
I decided not to go to Amsterdam.
-Are you okay? Be careful.
He's not Christian.
Why did you agree to marry him?
He will be.
-Welcome. Table for one?
-I'm meeting someone.
Sure, help yourself.
Thanks for coming.
I thought you might not show up.
The other night....
-What kind of tea would you like?
-What are you having?
-Same for me.
I understand what you're going through...
-...although I can't really explain it.
-Neither can l.
It's complicated, but I can understand that.
I heard that you turned down
your promotion. Everyone's shocked.
I hope I wasn't a factor.
Not at all.
Well, maybe only a tiny bit.
I don't know. It's a whole series of things.
A family wedding...
...actually, two marriages,
and someone passed away.
And a really bad investment.
All of a sudden, everything's gone.
Plus my father's health.
So I've decided
to stay with him for a while.
I think he needs me.
The chief asked me
to try to change your mind.
But what the hell? It's just a job.
I'm glad, you know?
That we didn't make love.
Not that I still wouldn't want to.
But seeing you like this makes me happy.
I'm happy, too.
I think that we can be really good friends.
Then, good friends?
When you were a baby, I'd spin this
for hours. You wouldn't let me stop.
Well, please stop now.
I'm getting nauseous again.
And I should go.
I told Dad I'd help shop
for Sunday's dinner.
Why did Dad send formal invitations?
Is it for Guo-Lun and Ming-Dao?
He said he has his own
"little announcement" to make.
I think, unlike you and Guo-Lun,
they won't rush their engagement.
he'll have enough time to think it over...
...and realize what a nightmare she is.
But I don't think he will fully recover
from the shock of recent events.
Had I known he'd go crazy,
I wouldn't have....
Don't blame yourself.
He's not going crazy. He's an old horse.
Horses don't get married.
What do you think?
Don't just run around!
One of you chase it, and the other grab it!
Over here, Ming-Dao!
-Jin-Rong, Mrs. Liang.
A tie for your father
and a bottle of good wine.
-Also for your father.
-You shouldn't have.
I should've been here earlier to help.
-I hope we're not intruding.
-No, not at all.
In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.
Come, a toast.
Please help yourselves.
Everyone, please help yourself.
-Are you moving abroad?
Mom, what's this?
Do you want some shrimp?
It's a simple meal. Please help yourselves.
Mr. Chu, you've prepared too much.
Winter melon soup.
Today's Red Seven Star Fish was too big.
They're best at pounds.
Listen to yourself.
So picky already. You'll never find
a husband when you grow up.
You girls are lucky.
Your father's a great cook.
Look at this wonderful cuisine.
Looks, smells and tastes good.
It's all here.
...you two, bottoms up.
Jia-Ning, you two, bottoms up.
-Don't drink too much.
Fate has brought us to this table tonight.
Although we're not actually related...
...we're still considered family.
And since we're one big family...
...there's really nothing
we can't say to each other.
I've kept this inside me for a long time.
It wasn't as if I was trying to hide
any secrets from you.
I just feel that I shouldn't allow
my personal affairs...
...to be the family's worry
and, thus, become a burden.
As a family, living under the same roof...
...we can still live separate lives.
This worry that we have for each other
is what makes us a family.
I've done nothing wrong by not telling.
By telling, I can end this lingering.
I cannot live my life
like my methods of cooking.
I can't wait until all the ingredients
are prepared and then cook.
Of course, after the first bite,
whether it's sour, sweet or spicy...
...it's totally up to the individual.
That's it for now. I'll continue after dinner.
-Dad, what are you trying to say?
-We already knew.
-Let Dad tell us.
Go ahead and say it.
The dishes are getting cold.
So be it!
Since the situation has come this far,
I'll say it.
this house contains several old memories.
But now, it's so empty,
and almost everyone has left.
I've decided to sell it.
I found a really nice place on Kum Dao.
It's a bit old
and may require some remodeling.
But it's a great place.
It should be ready in a few months.
Great. It's always nice
to move to a new place.
New people, new house, new life.
I'll make a toast to you...
I haven't taken care of Jin-Rong...
...but I can swear to Heaven...
...as long as l, Old Chu,
have one last breath...
...Iíll see that they both
shall never go cold or hungry...
...and that you're always welcome
in our new home.
Take a look.
This is a medical report I had done
at the Veteran's Hospital last month.
Please, Auntie, we ask for your approval.
I'll first drink a toast.
Dad, you should stop drinking.
-You're getting drunk.
-I'm not drunk.
Uncle Chu and I have been planning
for a long time.
But because of this terrible divorce,
our love was a secret until now.
Although love should be
between two people...
...Uncle Chu loves all of you.
And he loves Shan-Shan also.
So he really wishes
for your approval and understanding.
As for me...
...l only hope to be with him at his side.
I'm willing to be with him.
That's enough! Don't say anymore.
-Is there a mistake?
-Dad, are you crazy?
I'm not crazy.
I know exactly what I'm doing.
-Loosen her collar!
-Don't touch me!
Keep your dirty hands off of me!
Damn you, Old Chu!
-Help carry her to the sofa!
-Damn you! Don't touch me!
Take me home, Jin-Rong!
Let me tell you, don't even think about it
for as long as I still have my last breath.
-Let's go, Shan-Shan.
-Mom, calm down.
-Let's take her home.
What kind of world is this?
I want to die!
-What kind of family is this?
I'll take Shan-Shan.
God won't let you get away with this!
I want to go back to America!
Guo-Lun, how are you?
But we've been up all night.
I don't have the heart to wake them.
Don't wake them. Get some sleep.
I'll be back again in a few months.
I'll come visit then.
Bye, then. Tell us all about Amsterdam
when you come back.
And thanks for your help
these past months.
Take care of your wife and kid.
Say hello to Jia-Jen and Ming-Dao for us.
They can't make it either.
They've got a big day today themselves.
Do you believe that Jesus Christ
has forgiven your sins...
-...and made you a new person?
Do you believe in following Jesus Christ
unto eternity and never regret?
Believe in your heart.
Say "yes" from your mouth:
In the name of the Father,
Son and Holy Spirit...
...l baptize you. Amen.
How are you feeling?
Fine. Just a small headache.
-You should get going.
I'll pick up Shan-Shan on my return.
Get some rest at home.
I love you.
-Hi. Please come in.
You'll be the only one here tonight.
Everyone else called to apologize,
because they had plans.
-Where's Shan-Shan and Jin-Rong?
-Jin-Rong's not feeling well today.
Shan-Shan is with her grandma.
No need to take off your shoes.
Just come in.
-Did they tell you the ultrasound results?
-I don't want to know.
Have a seat. Dinner's almost ready.
-Nothing. It's delicious.
You put too much ginger in the soup.
Its effect is ruined.
Too much ginger?
This is the same as Mother's recipe.
I remember you
bickering about this back then.
You're too timid with ginger.
-It's just a comment.
-Don't boss me around the kitchen.
I wasn't. It was a minor critique.
What about the taste?
-What about my soup?
Your soup, Jia-Chien...
...l can taste it.
You can taste?
I can taste it.