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The Wedding Banquet (1993)

Xi yan (original title)
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.

Director:

Ang Lee

Writers:

Ang Lee, Neil Peng | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ah-Lei Gua ... Mrs. Gao (as Ah-Leh Gua)
Sihung Lung Sihung Lung ... Mr. Gao
May Chin May Chin ... Wei-Wei
Winston Chao ... Wai-Tung Gao
Mitchell Lichtenstein ... Simon
Dion Birney Dion Birney ... Andrew
Jeanne Kuo Chang Jeanne Kuo Chang ... Wai-Tung's Secretary
Paul Chen Paul Chen ... Guest
Chung-Wei Chou Chung-Wei Chou ... Chef
Yun Chung Yun Chung ... Guest
Ho-Mean Fu Ho-Mean Fu ... Guest
Michael Gaston ... Justice of the Peace
Jeffrey Howard Jeffrey Howard ... Street Musician
Theresa Hou Theresa Hou ... Female Cashier
Yung-Teh Hsu 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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A little deception at the reception. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Taiwan | USA

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

4 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wedding Banquet See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$134,870, 8 August 1993

Gross USA:

$6,933,459

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,933,459
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. 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

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 Dinner for Five: Episode #2.11 (2003) See more »

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Ang lee's The Wedding Banquet is a great addition to gay film
15 May 2004 | by mambo3003See 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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