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Wedding Banquet R CC

(104) IMDb 7.6/10

Wei Tong is a successful NY businessman enjoying a thriving relationship with his live-in lover, Simon. Life is perfect, except his parents don't know he's gay. So, when they decide to visit from Taiwan, he asks his tenant to pose as his fiance. In HD.

Starring:
Ya-Lei Kuei, Sihung Lung
Runtime:
1 hour, 49 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Romance, Comedy
Director Ang Lee
Starring Ya-Lei Kuei, Sihung Lung
Supporting actors May Chin, Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein, Dion Birney, Jeanne Kuo Chang, Paul Chen, Chung-Wei Chou, Yun Chung, Ho-Mean Fu, Michael Gaston, Jeffrey Howard, Theresa Hou, Yung-Teh Hsu, Jean Hu, Albert Huang, Neal Huff, Anthony Ingoglia, Eddie Johns
Studio MGM
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Cambel on June 11, 2002
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I still remember how surprised I was when I saw this movie. Back in the early 90's PC was at it's peak, in addition gay was inextricably linked to AIDS. So imagine my shock when I go to see this movie, a hilarious, touching, movie that gives a wonderfully accurate view of one gay relationship. A couple, one American, one from Taiwan have been together in NYC for years. The Taiwanese man's parents do not know he is gay so keep trying to sign him up for membership in all of these very expensive singles clubs. One of the best scenes is when he and his boyfriend are filling out the application and putting down traits his ideal woman that they think will be impossible to fullfill, "two PHD's, an Opera Singer, speaks 7 languages, ect.." It gets even better when the letter from his parents arrives saying "We've found her" This could have degenerated into a slapstick movie, especially when the parents want to come out to NYC, to throw their son a wedding but it was a Superbly done movie that kept you laughing all the way through. If you have loved any of Ang Lee's Other movies, Sense and Sensibility, Crouching Tiger Hidden Draggon, Eat Drink Man Woman, you will wonder how you've gone so long without seeing this gem. In addition it received an Oscar Nomination for best foreign film "No Subtitles, it is in English" I have loaned this movie out more times than I can count and always have a difficult time getting it back. My only wish is that more gay movies were this high quality.
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37 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Thomas Janowski on December 5, 2004
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I originally saw this movie in a theater in 1993 and at that time thought it was excellent. I've seen so many movies since then and have developed a liking for low-budget, indie films because the slick Hollywood films are polished beyond real life.

What a pleasure it is to see The Wedding Banquet again after all these years. I have to say it's very different from most new gay themed movies coming out today. First and foremost there is almost no male nudity. I'm sure if current films would try to get away with no male nudity.

For a movie that seems to benefit from lots of money and production values, nothing in the way of the story was lost. This is an excellent film depicting the life of a gay couple in 1993. It's about a culture clash between the growing openness of America vs. the unknown (to me) Asian cultures.

It is both a sweet love story and a dramatic film about a couple dealing with parents. I think in the end all the characters in the film ended up with more than they ever hoped for. There was honesty about being gay. There was help for an immigrant wanting to stay in the US and a gay couple was about to become parents....
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1999
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A Taiwanese man, living in the U.S with his partner, is quite happy until a certain problem arises: his parents have decided to visit him and his girlfriend. Why is this a problem? Well, for one thing, he doesn't have a girlfriend. He has a boyfriend, who is also white. Some people just insist on making their lives complex don't they? And so with the assistance of his friend - a Taiwanese girl who's an illegal immigrant, he attempts to solve two problems at once. If he marries her, then she can stay in America and he can keep up the pretense to his parents that he's straight. Simple, huh? Well no. The parents arrive in time for the all-important wedding banquet, and our hero finds himself doing something to his new wife that he never thought was possible. From the director of Eat Drink Man Woman this is a lovely film that is really quite funny and yet delivers serious drama, with more than competant acting.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RICK on July 26, 2000
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This movie continues to be recommended to me over and over as friends see it in art houses, rentals and on cable. In turn, I recommend to others. This is a dramatic slice of life masquerading as a comedy. It is hilariously funny, but when the house lights went back up they exposed light sobbing by some of my group.
The plot is simple: gay Asian with same sex mate decides to marry a woman needing a green card to fool his "old world" visiting parents. Gayness is more a plot device than an issue here. It is easy to identify with these characters. Though the conflicts are comedic, they cannot be fully resolved. It's a view of the joys and frustrations of a loving family whose values are a big generation apart. The movie is partially subtitled and (I am not making this up)this adds to the story because part of the humor is not everyone even understands everyone else's language let alone lifestyles. This is a rare funny gem which slides in a moral without embarrassing the viewer.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Steve Rider on January 19, 2002
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A truly excellent film, the story begins with a happy gay couple, one American born and one from Taiwan living together in a US city.
When the old fashioned parents of the Taiwanese man continue to
pressure him to marry, he arranges a fake wedding with a young Chinese girl in need of a green card.
His parents travel to the US for the wedding, and the pressure builds as the deceit threatens to fall apart.
The pressure, complications, treachery, and energy wasted in concealing the truth all build to a potentially tragic climax.
Finally the elderly Chinese father teaches everyone involved
the true meaning of Family Values.
The most meaningful movie I have ever seen, my all time favorite.
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