After watching this film (along with other superb films like "Eat Drink Man Woman" or "Life of Pi"), I realized the reason why Ang Lee could handle Jane Austen's classic "Sense and Sensibility" with such ease - he is always a master of trans-boundary sensibility in handling culture- and tradition-specific stories in a universally humanistic way. Ang Lee's deeply sensible and intimate treatment of the film's subject always enable the understanding (of the audience) about the cultural setting of the film as well as the distinctive characteristics, passions, feelings, thoughts of his characters. Under the hand of another less-sensible director, "The Wedding Banquet" would have been easily made to a tiring over-the-top drama full of tensions, tears and sadness given the very difficult (and awkward) pretext of the film - culture clash, tradition-modernity conflict, "lavender marriage", parents-children struggle, and even abortion. But, thankful for the audience, this "cherished child" of Ang Lee was made with care and love to show how people can always love each other, care for each other, and forgive each other despite all the (white) lies and seemingly irreconcilable differences. As the ever peaceful smile of Ang Lee, the audience always feels at ease watching this film, admiring the meaningful values of both traditional Chinese culture and progressive American freedom. Yes, as traditional as the wedding banquet was in this film, the film itself is a deeply progressive work-of-art with a wonderful touch on such difficult, if not taboo, subjects. Yes, only Ang Lee knows best in making films about what fathers know best ("The Wedding Banquet" and the equally excellent "Eat Drink Man Woman" and "Pushing Hands" are considered together the "Father Knows Best Trilogy").