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

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


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 <>

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You are cordially invited to a wedding where everybody wants to kiss the bride... except the groom. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 August 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wedding Banquet  »

Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)


$6,933,459 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Ang based the first half of the movie on the true story of a friend, Neil Peng See more »


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 »


Wai-Tung Gao: I don't know, we should have moved you out.
Simon: I'll survive.
Wai-Tung Gao: Not if Wei Wei keeps cooking.
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Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »


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I suppose The Wedding Banquet could be considered a romantic comedy. It is so in the best senses of both words: romantic without being sappy, and comedic without being ridiculous. The characters are vibrant and interesting without being cliches. Ang Lee has not created a great movie, simply a perfect one.

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