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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:
Ang lee's The Wedding Banquet is a great addition to gay film 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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Trivia:
This was the most financially profitable film of 1993, earning $23.6 million from a budget of $1 million. This gave it a cost-to-return ratio of 23.6, considerably higher than 1993's biggest money-maker "Jurassic Park" whose ratio was 13.8.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:
Madame ButterflySee more »

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16 out of 19 people found the following review useful.
Ang lee's The Wedding Banquet is a great addition to gay film, 15 May 2004
Author: mambo3003 (mambo3003@yahoo.com) from San Diego, CA

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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