The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan)

Rated NR 111 minutes 1993

A gay New Yorker stages a marriage of convenience with a young woman to satisfy his traditional Taiwanese family, but the wedding becomes a major inconvenience when his parents fly in for the ceremony. Director Ang Lee came to international prominence with this warm-hearted comedy, which centers on the farcical confusion that emerges from this deception. Gao Wai Tung (Winston Chao) has never shared the truth about his sexuality with his family, and hopes to disguise his long-term relationship with his lover Simon by marrying Wei-Wei, a young artist who's only it for the green card. But Wai Tung's parents refuse to let him off the hook easily, showing up to plan a massive wedding banquet. Indeed, much of the film's comedy springs from the contrast between the sheer lavishness of the parents' plans and the sham nature of the wedding. Naturally, the titular party spins out of control, leading to a series of events that threatens all of Wai Tung's relationships.~ Judd Blaise, All Movie Guide

Film Credits

Director: Ang Lee

Writer: Ang Lee and Neil Peng

Cast: Winston Chao, May Chin, Lung Si-hung, Dion Birney, Yun Chung, Ho-Mean Fu, Michael Gaston, Ah Lei Gua, Jeffrey Howard and Theresa Hou

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