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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.

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Ang Lee

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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 »

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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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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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Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$6,933,459

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$30,000,000
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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

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 »

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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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One of the most beautiful endings of any comedy ever.
2 January 2004 | by xavrush89See all my reviews

Ang Lee already was a masterful director before his three triumphs Sense and Sensibility, The Ice Storm, and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (for which he was ROBBED of Oscars by the likes of Mel Gibson and Steven Soderburg). Maybe children might be a little young for this, but it is indeed a "family film" like no other. And the new "daughter-in-law" is hilarious (although you might think she goes too far in one important-to-the-plot scene). The funniest scene is the courthouse nuptials, and the banquet itself makes you wish you were there.

After ten years, this film still does not seem dated at all, which I thought it would. The only thing missing is a HOT love scene with Winston Chao and Mitchell Lichtenstein, who looks far younger than his age. I know if I was in that situation, I'd want to blow off some steam! The best part is the just before finale, the father has a great quiet scene with one of the other cast members. Have some tissues on hand for the ending.

It's best to own a copy of this film, that way you won't be tempted to watch it every time it comes on "Bravo". It's an absolute delight, one of the best of the decade, definitely in the Top 50 of best comedies of all time, at least.


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