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The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) Reviews

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July 29, 2016
The film is so satisfying and strikes me right to my heart without being sentimental or sappy. The ending almost brought me to tears despite it's not a tragic ending, not a happy ending. It's just weird in the most emotional way i could possibly feel
June 25, 2016
Hidding ones sexuality from parents to the point of fake weddings to fake brides with real pregnancies will prove a formula for misery & awkward discomfort to the end.
Super Reviewer
November 25, 2015
Yet another great film from Ang Lee. When it comes to human drama, there are few that can touch him.
½ July 26, 2015
uncovered a gem from the 90's
½ May 24, 2015
An early Ang Lee film which is impossible to forget or feel.
½ April 25, 2015
One of my favorite movies by Ang Lee. Hilarious tale of a mariage of convenience gone bad or very well depending on your point of view.
½ January 20, 2015
Comedia ligera de Ang Lee antes de su incursiòn en la industria americana sobre las diferencias culturales y la sexualidad de sus personajes , tema que màs tarde tratarìa en la excelente Brokeback Mountain.
August 15, 2014
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").
July 21, 2014
Obejrza?em wczesny film wybitnego re?ysera Anga Lee pt. "Przyj?cie weselne". Jest to komediodramat z 1993 roku o trudno?ciach Tajwa?czyka z coming outem. Pozycja niezwykle zabawna, poniewa? wybitny re?yser Ang Lee pozwoli? aktorom gra? mniej wi?cej tak, jakby chcia? z?o?y? ho?d Jerzemu Gruzie. (Ale kadry ju? wtedy budowa? przepi?kne.)
June 19, 2014
Dodgy start but I really cared about the characters and story by mid-way. Though it was as plainly shot as could be, I dug it a lot. 4.25 out of 5.
½ March 22, 2014
Was probably ground-breaking in 1993, but looks pretty generic to modern eyes, at least the comedy-of-errors first half. And it's a little over-dramatic in the second, though it's an interesting tonal shift. Lee keeps it light and entertaining for most of its (slightly excessive) length despite some clunky pacing, though his now-notorious visual mastery is in short supply. So far his earliest films have been flat, ugly, and visually lifeless. I'm curious to find the period of transition.
March 19, 2014
gr8 story and director ang lee's first success
½ February 16, 2014
don't want to give anything away, so..ill just say its a good touching movie.
February 7, 2014
This is in my top five films of all time
February 2, 2014
Making a film with gay subject matter is an extremely tricky matter, as most end up being absolute fuck-ups that end up insulting gay people (Or viewers in general who have the misfortune of watching them). I'm quite wary of these types of films myself, especially as a gay guy because of horrible garbage like Ben & Arthur, which can never be unseen and will forever alter the life of the viewer because of its badness. So, imagine my surprise when not only I found a good film with gay subject matter, but found a superb one directed by the great Ang Lee. This is one of his earlier films, but it already showcased a very promising director years before he became an A-list director because of how well written and directed this film of his is. The plot hearkens back to the screwball comedies of the 30's and 40's, but with a more contemporary/controversial twist. A gay Taiwanese immigrant lives with his lover in Manhattan, but his parents (Who still live in Taiwan) don't know that he's gay and constantly try to set him with women until one day he gets sick of it, so he and his boyfriend come up with a plan for a marriage of convenience involving one of his tenants who is an illegal Chinese immigrant. So, he can get his parents off his back, and the tenant can get her green card after this sham of a marriage. But, his parents decide to visit and things get out of hand, turning all their lives upside down in the process. The film not only proves to be a very hilarious comedy, but also surprisingly touching and emotional one as well. It is an effective blend of comedy and drama that never lets the two genres clash with each other. Not only is it an interesting film about gay subject matter, but it also provides a glimpse into Chinese culture and how it reacts to the very different American culture. The Wedding Banquet is a superb dramedy that is sadly overlooked these days even though its themes remain timeless and very relevant to this day.
February 2, 2014
With the explosion of independent films in the 90s, a lot of cultures that weren't typically portrayed from their own point of view on film started making inroads into American cinema. A lot of these films don't stand up very well because they have a tendency to focus entirely on depicting their culture and not doing much else. They end up being interesting as an exposure to a culture, but not very good as films. Ang Lee tackles two (maybe three) cultures ... his Taiwanese culture, the homosexual subculture of San Francisco, and perhaps even Mainland China (but not really). What makes Lee really stand out is that he crafts a compelling set of characters and has a comedic plot that emerges from them. He manages to deal simultaneously with the first generation immigrant's struggle to craft a new identity without alienating his parents, as well as the lengths homosexuals often have to go to to try and live a comfortable life. It's really a wonderful human comedy.
January 12, 2014
Ang Lee what a wonderful director he is!
November 25, 2013
Even in his second film it is evident that Ang Lee is a director with gives careful attention to the manners and styles that create a character. This leads to his worlds being vivid and easily emotionally compelling.
November 8, 2013
An ode to filial values and cross-generation understanding.
August 5, 2013
Finally, able to watch an unedited version. Previously, the males kissing scenes were censored. After 20 years, it is till a mind boggling to me.
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