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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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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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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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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

Justice of the Peace: Okay, now you: "I, Wee-Wee..."
Wei-Wei: Wee-Wee.
Justice of the Peace: "... take you, Wai Tung..."
Wei-Wei: Wee-Wee.
Justice of the Peace: Okay. "To be my wedded husband... to have and to hold..."
Wei-Wei: Holding to have, husband, mine...
Justice of the Peace: "... for better, for worse, for richer, for poorer..."
Wei-Wei: Better and richer, no poorer.
Justice of the Peace: "... in sickness and in health, till death do us part."
Wei-Wei: Till sickness and death.
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Wedding Banquet is my all-time favorite
17 December 2007 | by ththlaSee all my reviews

The Wedding Banquet was the first Ang Lee film that I watched. I remember I was about 10 or 11 years old when I watched it. At that time, I did not understand the movie at all. However, as I grow older, I watched it again and I realized what a masterpiece that Ang Lee had accomplished. Coming from the same background, as Taiwanese immigrant to the United States, I can certainly relate many of issues with the protagonist Wai-Tung. My parents are exactly like Wai-Tung's parents. They have high expectation of the son and carry on the family name is the most important thing. Ang Lee did a very good job on depicting the traditional father figure in Taiwanese society. My father, very much like Wai-Tung's, is a very serious person. To him everything has to be done straight and upright. My mother on the other hand is very sentimental. She would just cry like Wai-Tung's mother in the movie. Taiwanese mothers always care for their son so much that they literally do everything for their son, just like how Wai-Tung's mother sets up a blind date for him. My parents are so serious that sometimes if I joke about me liking a man they would get upset. Therefore, I really can understand how Wai-Tung has to hide his secret for such a long time in the movie.

I like how Ang Lee uses Wai-Tung to represent Taiwan; Wei-Wei to represent China, and Simon to represent the US. In the movie, there is one scene where Wei-Wei wears a red dress in the air port picking up Wai-Tung's parents, I just could not help myself but laugh at the expression that Wai-Tung's dad gives when he sees Wei-Wei. He must think her as another communist he fought in the Chinese civil war. Another fascinating thing about this movie is that I watched it again in my film study class and even the movie is in mandarin, my classmates seem to understand the messages and laugh about them. I guess it is the magic of the movie. It really can transcend time and languages. Overall, Wedding Banquet has became my all time favorite of all the Ang Lee films.


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