Posted in: Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on May 30th, 2003
Until the end of World War II, US immigration laws prevented Chinese women from movingto the States. The result was an almost exclusively male, and aging, population. The lawschanged after the war, and young Ben, much to his father’s delight, returns from China with anew bride. The entire community is interested in the couple, however, and the strain this createsthreatens the marriage.
The sound is mono, surprising for a film from 1989. A dece…t, clean sound, though (if a bitlow in volume), that certainly gets the job done. Still, the ambiance of the film would certainlyhave been helped by a good stereo mix.
The look of the film is very period, and the warm brown-tinted, nostalgic feel of the coloursis very nicely conveyed by this transfer. The blacks and flesh tones are deep and very fine, withno edge enhancement problems. There are a few grainy shots, though, notably in night and/orexterior scenes. The ratio is the original 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen.
Basic menu, and the only extras are trailers for Maid in Manhattan, The Road Home and TheVertical Ray of the Sun. Nothing for Eat a Bowl of Tea itself.
A warm, interesting film, focussing on a facet of American life otherwise pretty muchignored by film.
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