The Wedding Banquet

The Wedding Banquet

DVD - 2004
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Comedy about the age-old conflict between parents and their children. In New York, the Taiwanese half of a gay couple hopes to end his parents' matchmaking by announcing that he's engaged. What he doesn't count on is that they'll fly in to meet the bride and plan the nuptials!
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA : Metro Goldwyn Mayer Home Entertainment, 2004.
ISBN: 9780792860792
0792860799
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (108 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Alternative Title: Xi yan

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IndyPL_JackieB Apr 24, 2020

Ang Lee's The Wedding Banquet, his sophomore offering, is beautiful and charming film. It gives a great sense of where the Oscar/Golden Globe/Bafta Award Winning Director and Writer's career is heading, and is a more than worthy watch.
Wai-Tung Gao (Winston Chao) is a Taiwanese expat and landlord living in 90's New York with his boyfriend, Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein). A successful and happy man, he's disconnected from his hom and family in Taiwan, who know little to nothing of his life. Which leads to his family trying endlessly to find him a wife, which he and Simon find many ways to stifle. This includes, but is not limited to, presenting his parents with absurdly high expectations of what he expects in a woman.
Unsuprisingly, his parents are able to meet those demands, to his, Simon, and tenant/friend Wei-Wei's frustration.
Wei-Wei (May Chin), an undocumented immigrant from China, has her own struggles, looking for a way to stay in the country. It's Simon who brings up the obvious answer, a marriage of convenience between Wai-Tung and Wei-Wei.
It's then that Wai-Tung's family decides to visit, and the movie really start to get fun.
Wai-Tung's anxiety in regards to his family is palpable throughout, but never distracts from his charisma. It's never a question as to why Simon loves the, often uptight, man. It's often hard to take your eyes of actor Winston Chao when he's on screen, but never to the point of distracting from the rest of the stellar cast.
Wei-Wei spends much of the visit doing her best to show how dependable a daughter-in-law she could be, and only emphasizes her loneliness.
Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Gao (Sihung Lung and Gua Ah-leh) are led to believe Simon is HIS landlord, which makes his constant presence rather confusing.
These all lead to a great deal of confusion and heartbreak on all sides, all of which is never in doubt by the audience, s these myriad plot threads are followed to their natural conclusion.
The Wedding Banquet is beautiful to watch, and the cinematography is studied and sweet.

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scrubble4
Feb 23, 2018

This was an expected delight. The challenges of a mixed gay marriage - Asian and Caucasian. The challenges of fooling the Asian parents, has entertaining and sad moments. It has a great ending. Well worth a watch.

BoyOhBoy Nov 29, 2013

Ang Lee is such an eclectic director. This early film of his is funny and sweet with endearing characters. For me, it evokes screwball comedies of the 1930s.

oO_Oo Nov 02, 2013

Directed and written by Ang Lee (Brokeback Mountain, Crouching Tiger, Life of Pi ...), this is a fun film. It's in English and Mandarin with subtitles available in English, Spanish and French. Unfortunately the DVD does not have Chinese subtitles. I first saw this about twenty years ago and now I want to watch Eat Drink Man Woman again. There is a feature with Ang Lee on the Wedding Banquet DVD where he talks about how he came to write these movies.

teacupfaerie Sep 12, 2010

OMG so funny. I loved this movie and would recommend it to all I know!

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