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The Wedding Banquet (1993) More at IMDbPro »Xi yan (original title)

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The Wedding Banquet -- 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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Director:
Writers:
Ang Lee (writer)
Neil Peng (writer)
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Release Date:
4 August 1993 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A little deception in the reception. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 13 wins & 7 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(60 articles)
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User Reviews:
A must watch! See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Ya-Lei Kuei ... Mrs. Gao (as Ah-Leh Gua)
Sihung Lung ... Mr. Gao
May Chin ... Wei-Wei
Winston Chao ... Wai-Tung Gao

Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Simon
Dion Birney ... Andrew
Jeanne Kuo Chang ... Wai-Tung's Secretary
Paul Chen ... Guest
Chung-Wei Chou ... Chef
Yun Chung ... Guest
Ho-Mean Fu ... Guest

Michael Gaston ... Justice of the Peace
Jeffrey Howard ... Street Musician
Theresa Hou ... Female Cashier
Yung-Teh Hsu ... Bob Law, Wai-Tung's Old Friend
Jean Hu ... Guest
Albert Huang ... Guest

Neal Huff ... Steve
Anthony Ingoglia ... Wei-Wei's Employer (as Anthony 'Iggy' Ingoglia)
Eddie Johns ... Haskell
Thomas Koo ... Guest
Chih Kuan ... Granny Tien
Robert Larenquent ... Hispanic Man
Neal Lee ... Waiter
Mason Lee ... Baby (as Mason C. Lee)
Dean Li ... Director Wang
Jennifer Lin ... Guest
John Nathan ... Joe
Francis Pan ... Guest
Neal Peng ... Guest
Tien Pien ... Old Chen
Marny Pocato ... Miriam
Tonia Rowe ... Simon's Nurse
Chung-Hsien Su ... Studio Photographer
Hannah Sullivan ... Mariane (as Patricia Sullivan)
Elizabeth Yang ... Guest
Vanessa Yang ... Mao Mei
Wei-Huang Ying ... Guest
Peide Yao ... Egg Head
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Ang Lee ... Guest at the wedding banquet (uncredited)

Directed by
Ang Lee 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ang Lee  writer
Neil Peng  writer
James Schamus  writer

Produced by
Sui Je Cheng .... supervising producer
Dolly Hall .... line producer
Ted Hope .... producer
Li-Kong Hsu .... associate producer
Feng-Chyt Jiang .... executive producer
Ang Lee .... producer
James Schamus .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mader 
 
Cinematography by
Lin Jong 
 
Film Editing by
Tim Squyres 
 
Casting by
Judy Dennis 
 
Production Design by
Steve Rosenzweig 
 
Art Direction by
Rachael Weinzimer 
 
Set Decoration by
Amy Beth Silver 
 
Costume Design by
Michael Clancy 
 
Production Management
Shih-Chieh Chen .... executive in charge of production
Bill Rouady .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Annie Tan .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Linda L. Tseng .... property master
 
Sound Department
Jeanne Gilliland .... boom operator
Pamela Martin .... sound editor
Tom Paul .... sound mixer
Dan Sable .... sound effects editor
Lynn Sable .... assistant sound editor
Reilly Steele .... post-production sound mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Todd S. Klein .... key grip
Dave Samuel .... gaffer (as David Samuel)
Joel Tishcoff .... best boy grip
Susanna Virtanen .... first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Judy Dennis .... casting: USA
Wendy Ettinger .... casting: USA
Ben Prayz .... extras casting: USA
 
Editorial Department
Spiro Carras .... on-line editor: new version
Melissa Fleming .... post-production assistant
Elliott Gamson .... negative cutter
Pamela Martin .... assistant film editor
Dave Pultz .... color timer (as David Pultz)
Michael Yetter .... negative cutter
 
Music Department
Chosei Funahara .... soundtrack supervisor
Eric Liljestrand .... music mixer
Samantha Rosenfelds .... music coordinator
 
Transportation Department
Philip Harrison .... transportation coordinator
 
Other crew
Steve Chang .... title designer
Joyce Hsieh .... production accountant
Bai Ling .... production staff
Mary Jane Skalski .... post-production delivery coordinator
Jane Stavinoha .... assistant production coordinator
Michael Taylor .... script supervisor
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Xi yan" - Taiwan (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for language
Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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:
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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Soundtrack:
The Wedding BanquetSee more »

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
A must watch!, 8 August 2007
Author: Gordon-11 from Earth

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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