The Wedding Banquet

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The Wedding Banquet
(Xi Yan) 

by Ang Lee




Director: Ang Lee

Script: Ang Lee, Neil Peng, James Schamus

Cinematographer: Lin Jong

Editing: Tim Squyres

Music: Mader

Cast: Gua Ah-lei Lung Sihung Chin May Winston Chao Michel Lichtenstein

Production: Central Motion Picture Corporation, Good Machines

Carlotta Films
5 Impasse Carrière-Mainguet
75 011 Paris
01 42 24 10 86

Year: 1993

Screening: 2019

DCP, Color, 106 mn, 
OV Mandarin & English with French Subtitles

Golden Bear,  Berlin Film Festival 1993
Golden Horse Film Festival 1993

Wei-Tong is a naturalised American Taiwanese man who lives in New York with his companion, Simon. His parents in Asia, who are extremely traditional, know nothing about his homosexuality. There is no way they would agree to their son living maritally with a young American man. They could not even imagine it happening. Simon then has a bright idea. Wei-Tong is to marry Wei-Wei, his Chinese boarder who is trying to get a green card. Wei-Tong’s parents arrive in New York for the wedding.

In this comedy, Ang Lee tackles the taboo of homosexuality. He endeavours to depict Wei-tong torn between his roots, his filial love and his longing for independence, as well as between Asian and Western cultures.

“The Wedding Banquet is a crazy comedy even if it includes melodrama... It’s a social satire… We‘re at the heart of a family drama brought about by a gay couple.” Ang Lee

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