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The Wedding Banquet (1993)
"Xi yan" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  4 August 1993 (USA)
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To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ya-Lei Kuei ...
Mrs. Gao (as Ah-Leh Gua)
Sihung Lung ...
Mr. Gao
May Chin ...
Winston Chao ...
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Dion Birney ...
Andrew
Jeanne Kuo Chang ...
Wai-Tung's Secretary
Paul Chen ...
Guest
Chung-Wei Chou ...
Chef
Yun Chung ...
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Ho-Mean Fu ...
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Justice of the Peace
Jeffrey Howard ...
Street Musician
Theresa Hou ...
Female Cashier
Yung-Teh Hsu ...
Bob Law, Wai-Tung's Old Friend
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Storyline

Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in Manhattan. To defer the suspicions of Wei-Tung's parents, Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant in need of a green card. When Wei-Tung's parents come to America for the wedding, they insist upon an elaborate banquet, resulting in several complications. Written by Scott Renshaw <as.idc@forsythe.stanford.edu>

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gay | banquet | green card | wedding | marriage | See more »

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A little deception in the reception. See more »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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4 August 1993 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,933,459 (USA)
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Ang based the first half of the movie on the true story of a friend, Neil Peng See more »

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During the small family dinner to which Simon treats the newlyweds and Wei-Tung's parents, Simon can be seen to alternately hold chopsticks, a small bowl or nothing in his left hand, depending on the camera angle. See more »

Quotes

Justice of the Peace: Okay, now you: "I, Wee-Wee..."
Wei-Wei: Wee-Wee.
Justice of the Peace: "... take you, Wai Tung..."
Wei-Wei: Wee-Wee.
Justice of the Peace: Okay. "To be my wedded husband... to have and to hold..."
Wei-Wei: Holding to have, husband, mine...
Justice of the Peace: "... for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer..."
Wei-Wei: Better and richer, no poorer.
Justice of the Peace: "... in sickness and in health, till death do us part."
Wei-Wei: Till sickness and death.
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A GREAT LAIDBACK MOVIE!
9 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

I really loved this film, I knew nothing about it before I saw it and so was really surprised.

It's a great example of modern day life and combines so many issues of today

  • sexuality, cross-cultural life, tradition/modernity etc. But it's not a


"gay" film and it's not a "foreign" film, it mixes these elements really well into a very typically Hollywood story. But it is also able to use them to comment on social stereotypes and grouping, but without blatantly doing so.

The characters are all very likeable and I really felt sympathy for the positions they were all in - a young man (Wai-tung) trying to please both his parents and his partner Simon, an illegal immigrant (Wei-wei) who wants to stay in America, and Wai-tung's boyfriend Simon trying his best to be accommodating and patient though feeling pushed out of the family.

The messages of this film about tolerance and honesty are not pushed in your face. It's a very easygoing film that is very funny in some places and sad in others. There are some subtitles and some is in English because we, the audience, must learn to integrate our own way of life with others, just like the people in the film.


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