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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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A little deception in the reception. See more »


Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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Ang Lee wrote the film six years before it was made, and five years before his first film, Pushing Hands 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 »


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 must watch!
8 August 2007 | by (Earth) – See all my reviews

This film is about a gay Chinese man having to bow down to parental pressure and marry a woman.

IMDb lists this film as comedy. There are comedic scenes such as the post wedding party. Yes, the party is hardly an exaggeration, it is actually done according to the Chinese culture! However, I think The Wedding banquet is better be viewed as a drama. The plot of this film is probably the life story of many gay men of Chinese descent. It is simple, and yet truthful, realistic, touching and affecting.

The main character, Wai-Tung, faces enormous pressure to get married. However, he is actually in love with a Westerner called Andrew. The film fully portrays the pressure Wai-Tung faces because of parental and societal pressure. It also displays how preaches acceptance and tolerance. The ending is so touching, and even months after watching the film, I can still remember the ending.

This is an excellent film. For men who are in situations similar to Wai-Tung, The Wedding Banquet will resonate with them forever. Even if you are not in a similar situation, this film is so touching that it is a must watch!

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