Friday, March 8, 2013

The Wedding Banquet

1993 Taiwanese/American Feature
Alternate Title: Xi yan

Cast: Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein, May Chin, Ah Lei Gua and Sihung Lung
Director: Ang Lee
Writers: Ang Lee, Neil Peng and James Schamus

A gay Taiwanese immigrant marries a mainland Chinese woman to placate his parents and get her a green card. His plan backfires when his parents arrive in the United States to plan his wedding banquet.


  • Internet Movie Database: 7.4/10
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Critics: 96% / Audience: 85%
  • OMG rating: 8/10

  • DVD: Available
  • Soundtrack: Available
  • Book: Available


  • Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Berlin International Film Festival Golden Berlin Bear Award.
  • GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Independent Film.
  • Golden Globe Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.
  • Golden Horse Film Festival Awards for Best Film, Director, Supporting Actor (Lung), Supporting Actress (Gua) and Original Screenplay.
  • Independent Spirit Award nominations for Best Feature, Director, Male Lead (Lichtenstein), Female Lead (Chin), Supporting Female (Gua) and Screenplay.

  • Director Ang Lee makes a cameo appearance during the the wedding banquet scene.
  • Together with his films Pushing Hands and Eat Drink Man Woman (all made in Taiwan, all showing the Confucian family at risk, and all starring the Taiwanese actor Sihung Lung) The Wedding Banquet forms what has been called Ang Lee's "Father Knows Best" trilogy.
  • In 2003, a stage musical adaptation of The Wedding Banquet (with book and lyrics by Next to Normal Tony Award winner Brian Yorkey) had its world premiere at the Village Theatre in Issaquah, Washington.

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