The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) (1993) - Rotten Tomatoes

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 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, Rovimore
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Romance, Art House & International, Gay & Lesbian, Comedy
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Written By: Ang Lee, James Schamus, Neil Peng
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On DVD: Jun 15, 2004
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Winston Chao
as Wai Tung
May Chin
as Wei Wei
Sihung Lung
as Mr. Gao
Ah-Leh Gua
as Mrs. Gao
Tien Pien
as Old Chen
Michael Gaston
as Justice of the Peace
Neal Huff
as Steve
Jeffrey Howard
as Street Musician
Anthony 'Iggy' Ingog...
as Restaurant Manager
Jeanne Kuo Chang
as Wai Tung's Secretary
Ang Lee
as Wedding Guest
Mason Lee
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
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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
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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

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