The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) (1993)

The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) (1993)



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

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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, Rovi
Art House & International , Comedy , Drama , Romance , Gay & Lesbian
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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
Neal Huff
as Steve
Michael Gaston
as Justice of the Peace
Jeffrey Howard
as Street Musician
Anthony 'Iggy' Ingoglia
as Restaurant Manager
Dion Birney
as Andrew
Jeanne Kuo Chang
as Wai Tung's Secretary
Mason Lee
as Child Jumping on Bed (uncredited)
Ang Lee
as Wedding Guest
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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 22, 2012
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | January 25, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

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

May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

The Wedding Banquet does take some of the same delight in constructing a comedy of misunderstandings and deceptions. But the movie also has a warm heart, and by the end somehow manages to become very moving.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Ang's elegantly orchestrated farce is generous with hilarious moments.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan)

Yet another great film from Ang Lee. When it comes to human drama, there are few that can touch him.

Marcus Woolcott
Marcus Woolcott

Super Reviewer

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
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
Jennifer Xu

Super Reviewer

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