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The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) (1993)

The Wedding Banquet
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7.6 IMDB rating
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Ya-lei Kuei Ya-lei Kuei
Mrs. Gao
Sihung Lung Sihung Lung
Mr. Gao
May Chin May Chin
Wei-Wei
Winston Chao Winston Chao
Wai-Tung Gao
Dion Birney Dion Birney
Andrew
Jeanne Kuo Chang Jeanne Kuo Chang
Wai-Tung's Secretary
Paul Chen Paul Chen
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Ang Lee Ang Lee
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Neil Peng Neil Peng
writer


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I don't understand! No, *I* don't.

7 years, 9 months ago at May 14 4:57
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One of Ang Lee's earliest works, this comedy/drama is an excellent mix of unconventional characters, delicate family dynamics, cross cultural exchanges and a decidedly mixed ending. Ang Lee knows how to extract humour from settings that are not over the top and write compassionate yet flawed characters that don't feel artificial.

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A very average movie

4 years, 10 months ago at Mar 31 12:11
2 votes
Way before Brokeback Mountain, Ang Lee directed this gay-themed jem. Thanks to this movie and its critical success, his career took off and he was then able to create all this following amazing features. The movie itself is a comedy but a sensitive one and it deals very well with the subject and it is simply very entertaining.
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Welcome to the Chinese wedding of the year, where everyone wants to kiss the bride... except the groom! This "top-notch comedy" (Leonard Maltin) is nothing less than delicious.
Release date: 4 August 1993
UPC: 027616906915
Tags: Comedy (6), Drama (5), Gay (5), Taiwan (4), Chinese (4), Coming Out (4), Romance (4), New York (3), 1990s (3), Homosexual (3), Glbt (3), Marriage (2), Wedding (2), Usa (2), Gay Man Has Sex With Woman (1), Food (1), (1), Sort (1), China (1), Pregnancy (1)
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