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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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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Ah-Lei Gua ... Mrs. Gao (as Ah-Leh Gua)
Sihung Lung ... Mr. Gao
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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You are cordially invited to a wedding where everybody wants to kiss the bride... except the groom. See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Film debut of Winston Chao, who was discovered on an airplane flight, where he was part of the crew. In order to overcome his fear of being in his first ever acting role, writer/director Ang Lee had to promise that Chao would receive acting lessons on the set from his own designated acting coach. 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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Madame Butterfly
Written by Giacomo Puccini
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More Than Just a Comedy
20 February 1999 | by gbheronSee all my reviews

The Wedding Banquet is marketed as a comedy, but it is more than that. Closer in plot and style to Green Card than The Birdcage it examines the personal consequences of deceit. The comedy is there of course, but so is much tenderness and pain as a marriage of convenience between a gay man and a woman deportee unravels. Like Green Card which had similar plotlines, the "obvious" resolutions do not appear so likely as the film progresses which adds to its attractiveness.

I recommend it highly.


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Country:

Taiwan | USA

Language:

Mandarin | English

Release Date:

4 August 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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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