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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 ...
Guest
Ho-Mean Fu ...
Guest
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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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You are cordially invited to a wedding where everybody wants to kiss the bride... except the groom. 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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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$6,933,459 (USA)
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1.85 : 1
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Winston Chao had been an airline steward for seven years and had never acted in a film before when Ang Lee cast him as Wai-Tung. Three to four hours every day were spent to teach him how to act. See more »

Goofs

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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Ang lee's The Wedding Banquet is a great addition to gay film
15 May 2004 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

The Wedding Banquet is a truly inspiring and cross-culturally challenging film. It touches on many issues/themes which have never been combined before in one movie: Taiwanese Americans vs. Chinese Americans, Asian American families, old school parents vs. younger generation(s), multi-racial couples, gay couples, gay Asian Americans, immigrants, pride, family values and love.

And… while I found the ending of this movie somewhat unrealistic (I'll let other viewers decide) I also found the film challenging and optimistic (which is where my realism takes over).

You should watch this movie if you are… Asian… gay… Asian AND gay… or simply want to learn something about another culture. You might be surprised!

Props to Ang Lee for creating a unique opportunity to look into two very distinct and different cultures at the same time: Asian American and gays in the early 90s.


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