The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) (1993)

The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan)



Critic Consensus: Ang Lee's funny and ultimately poignant comedy of manners reveals the filmmaker's skill across genres.

Movie Info

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 … More

Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Ang Lee, James Schamus, Neil Peng
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jun 15, 2004
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as Wai Tung

as Wei Wei

as Mr. Gao

as Mrs. Gao

as Old Chen

as Justice of the Peace

as Steve

as Street Musician

as Restaurant Manager

as Wai Tung's Secretary

as Wedding Guest

as Child Jumping on Bed...
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Critic Reviews for The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan)

All Critics (26) | Top Critics (8)

A very adroit and entertaining social comedy.

Full Review… | April 4, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Most of this is smoothly done and scripted with plenty of incident.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012
Top Critic

Never patronising his characters, Ang Lee combines comedy, both subtle and raucous, with acute social asides.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

It is the unusual film comedy in which the humor springs as much from character as from situation.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The Wedding Banquet never becomes bogged down by its own seriousness. Lee manages to keep the production buoyant by including scenes that are often riotously funny.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

A sweet, perceptive story about the cost of deception and the power of family rituals.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan)

Wonderful portrait of what seems like a good idea at the time which spins wildly out of control and changes everyone involved, ultimately for the better even if its not immediately apparent at the time. Beautiful ending.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Ang Lee's portrayal of the hot gay love pre-Brokeback. It's sweeter, wittier, and infinitely more Asian. The girl was a bitch.

Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer


No wonder Ang Lee was so capable in making Brokeback Mountain since this is his first & Asian version!

Aliyanto Latip

Super Reviewer

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