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Sequel to award-winning film "Eat Drink Man Woman" planned

Sequel to award-winning film "Eat Drink Man Woman" planned

Taipei, May 5 (CNA) Movie producer Hsu Li-kong called for support Wednesday from the Kinmen County government to film a sequel to the award-winning "Eat Drink Man Woman." The movie, which won the best film award at the Asia Pacific Film Festival in 1994, tells the story of a semi-retired widowed master chef and his three daughters and includes numerous scenes of the technique and artistry of gourmet Chinese cuisine.
The highly acclaimed film was produced by Hsu and directed by Ang Lee. Now, 16 years later, Hsu is aiming to achieve similar success with a sequel.
Hsu said he would like the sequel to feature Kinmen's famous Kaoliang (sorghum) liquor and its well-preserved architecture that originated in Fujian province, southern China.
Kinmen County Magistrate Lee Wo-shi welcomed Hsu's ideas, saying that the filming will be "a prime opportunity to market the county." According to Hsu, the sequel will address the issues of global warming and environmental protection.
"For this reason, vegetarian dishes in gourmet Chinese cuisine will also be featured," he said.
The plot involves six decades of separation on both sides of the Taiwan Strait, the military confrontations in the 1950s, the thawing of cross-strait relations and the establishment of direct transport links between Kinmen and Fujian province in 2001, he revealed.
Hsu is seeking funding of 20 million yuan (around US$2,929,390) for the film and is hoping that each side of Taiwan Strait will meet half of the budget.
The movie will be filmed in mid-September and will premiere in Kinmen and Xiamen on Feb. 14, 2011, he said.
(By Ni Kuo-yen and Lilian Wu)