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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mrs. Gao (as Ah-Leh Gua)
Sihung Lung ...
Mr. Gao
May Chin ...
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Dion Birney ...
Andrew
Jeanne Kuo Chang ...
Wai-Tung's Secretary
Paul Chen ...
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Chung-Wei Chou ...
Chef
Yun Chung ...
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Ho-Mean Fu ...
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Justice of the Peace
Jeffrey Howard ...
Street Musician
Theresa Hou ...
Female Cashier
Yung-Teh Hsu ...
Bob Law, Wai-Tung's Old Friend
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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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Rated R for language | See all certifications »

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4 August 1993 (USA)  »

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$1,000,000 (estimated)

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$6,933,459 (USA)
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Ang Lee: a guest at the wedding banquet. 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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Father knows best
2 August 2004 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

Ang Lee with infinite wisdom seems to be saving the best part of this film for last. Acceptance is the underlying theme of this movie, which I recently watched for the second time. I saw the film when it was originally released in 1993. At that time, it seemed to have been breaking ground for tolerance from the straight world toward gays, in general.

Ang Lee is one of the best film directors working these days. This is a small film in comparison to what came afterward. The story of how parents in a conservative society view their children that are "different" is always an interesting idea. Those same parents produced that child; the mere idea they will turn their backs to a son who is living openly as a gay man is a complex problem, at best.

Different cultures react differently, as is the case in this film. While the parents are not completely taken over by the way they discover their son has turned out to be, they go along with the flow, never condemning the son, his partner, or the young woman who is pretending to be, what she is not.

The acting is good in general, but it has to be the actor who plays the father, who ultimately wins one's heart. His culture goes back for centuries and he is won by his son's lover because he sees how kind, decent and honest he really is.

It's better never to judge, or so it seems that Ang Lee is telling us.


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