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The Wedding Banquet
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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....
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Funny, yet poignant movie about coming to terms with cultural differences on many levels, including sexual orientation. Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kenneth A. Meyer
My mental entry into the Gay culture and the difficulties of homosexual people. As a film it had a great impact on me and educated me to understand sexuality in humans. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Dr. Eric Thevathasan
Sounds good, but once again bad ending, it's 21st century gay movies can have a happy ending!Published 3 months ago by Dennis Bacchetti
Excellent; Can't go wrong. It can be stereo-typical... But since seeing this movie I can watch it over and over.Published 5 months ago by The Reviewer
This is one of Ang Lee's earlier works that is at times screamingly funny, at others deeply moving as a young gay Chinese man tries to placate his mother who keeps hounding him to... Read morePublished 8 months ago by Bill Cushing
watched this for my film class. very forward thinking for a 1991 movie, great cinematography, good job on the mom's acting. as an asian myself i can relate to a lot of this.Published 9 months ago by Peter
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