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Encyclopedia > The Wedding Banquet
 喜宴 (The Wedding Banquet) 
Directed by Ang Lee
Produced by Ang Lee, Ted Hope, James Schamus
Written by Ang Lee, Neil Peng, James Schamus
Starring Dion Birney, Jeanne Kuo Chang, Winston Chao, May Chin, Ah Lei Gua, Sihung Lung, Mitchell Lichtenstein
Distributed by Samuel Goldwyn Company
Release date(s) Flag of United States 4 August 1993
19 November 1993
Flag of Australia 9 December 1993
Running time 106 minutes
Language Mandarin Chinese, English
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The Wedding Banquet (Chinese: 喜宴; pinyin: Xǐyàn; Wade-Giles: Hsi yen), is a 1993 film about a gay Taiwanese immigrant man who marries a woman to placate his parents and get her a green card. His plan backfires when his parents arrive in America to plan his wedding banquet. Image File history File linksMetadata No higher resolution available. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... James Schamus is an American screenwriter and film producer, noted for his work on critically acclaimed independent films such as Safe, The Brothers McMullen and the Academy Award winning film Brokeback Mountain. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... James Schamus is an American screenwriter and film producer, noted for his work on critically acclaimed independent films such as Safe, The Brothers McMullen and the Academy Award winning film Brokeback Mountain. ... Winston Chao Wen-Hsuan (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; born 9 June 1960) is an actor from Taiwan known for his roles in The Wedding Banquet, Red Rose, White Rose (紅玫瑰白玫瑰) and Eat Drink Man Woman. ... Mitchell Wilson Lichtenstein was born 10 March 1956 and is an actor. ... The Samuel Goldwyn Company was an independent film company founded by Samuel Goldwyn, Jr. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_the_United_States. ... August 4 is the 216th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (217th in leap years), with 149 days remaining. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Canada_(bordered). ... November 19 is the 323rd day of the year (324th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Image File history File links Flag_of_Australia. ... December 9 is the 343rd day (344th in leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... This article is on all of the Northern Chinese dialects. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... It has been suggested that Pinyin method be merged into this article or section. ... Wade-Giles, sometimes abbreviated Wade, is a Romanization (phonetic notation and transliteration) system for the Chinese language based on Mandarin. ... // March 31 - Actor Brandon Lee is accidentally killed during the filming of The Crow. ... Film is a term that encompasses individual motion pictures, the field of film as an art form, and the motion picture industry. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... A United States Green Card. ...


The film was directed by Ang Lee and stars Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein, May Chin, Ah Lei Gua, Dion Birney, Sihung Lung, and others. The Wedding Banquet is the first of two movies that Ang Lee would make about gay characters; the second is Brokeback Mountain (2005). Lee himself makes a cameo appearance in the film as a wedding guest attending the banquet. The film is a co-production between Taiwan and the United States. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Winston Chao Wen-Hsuan (Chinese: ; pinyin: ; born 9 June 1960) is an actor from Taiwan known for his roles in The Wedding Banquet, Red Rose, White Rose (紅玫瑰白玫瑰) and Eat Drink Man Woman. ... Mitchell Wilson Lichtenstein was born 10 March 1956 and is an actor. ... Brokeback Mountain is an acclaimed Academy Award-winning 2005 film that depicts the complex emotional, sexual, and romantic relationship between two men in the American West from 1963 to 1983. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... In filmmaking, an international co-production is a film made by production companies from different countries. ...

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Plot summary

Spoiler warning: Plot and/or ending details follow.

Wai-tun Gao (Winston Chao) and Simon (Mitchell Lichtenstein) are a happy gay couple living in Manhattan. Wai-tun is in his late 20s, so his Taiwanese parents (Sihung Lung and Ah-Leh Gua) are eager to see him get married and have a child. The early part of the movie is madcap comedy. When Wai-tun's parents hire a dating service he and Simon stall for time by inventing impossible demands. Chinese opera singers are always men, so they demand an opera singer and add that she must be very tall. The service actually locates a 5'8" Chinese woman who sings Western opera. She is very gracious when Wai-tun explains his dilemma. At Simon's insistence, Wai-tun decides to get married to one of his tenants, Wei-wei (May Chin), a penniless artist in need of a green card. Besides helping out Wei-wei, Simon and Wai-tun hope that this will placate Wai-tun's parents. A same-sex couple is a pair of people of the same sex, who pursue a relationship similar to that of a heterosexual married couple. ... The Borough of Manhattan, highlighted in yellow, lies between the East River and the Hudson River. ... This article is about the history, geography, and people of the island known as Taiwan. ...


Surprisingly, Mr. and Mrs. Gao (Sihung Lung and Ah Lei Gua) decide to fly in from Taiwan, bringing US$30,000 to hold a magnificent wedding ceremony for their son. Wai-tun dares not tell his parents the true situation, because his father has just recovered from a stroke; they go through with the wedding. However, the heartbreak his mother experiences at the courthouse wedding prepares the story for a shift to drama. The only way to atone for the disgraceful wedding is a magnificent wedding banquet. After the banquet, Wei-wei seduces the drunken Wai-tun, and becomes pregnant. Simon is extremely upset when he finds out, and his relationship with Wai-tun begins to deteriorate. The United States dollar is the official currency of the United States. ...


In a moment of anger, after a fight with both Simon and Wei-wei, Wai-tun tells his mother the truth. She is shocked and insists that he not tell his father. However, the perceptive Mr. Gao sees more than he is letting on; he secretly tells Simon that he knows about their relationship, and, appreciating the considerable sacrifices he made for his biological son, takes Simon as his son as well. Simon accepts the Hongbao from Wai-tun's father, a symbolic admission of their relationship, but Mr. Gao makes him promise not to tell anyone; without everyone trying to lie to him, he points out, he'd never have gotten a grandchild. Some examples of contemporary hong bao designs. ...


After making an appointment to have an abortion, Wei-wei decides to keep the baby, and asks Simon to stay together with Wai-tun and be the baby's other father. In the final parting scene, as Wai-tun's parents prepare to fly home, Mrs. Gao has clearly forged an emotional bond to daughter-in-law Wei-wei, but disses Simon; in contrast, Mr. Gao accepts Simon and warmly shakes his hand, but appears to consider Wei-wei's contribution as little more than a business transaction. In the end, though, both derive some happiness from the situation, and they walk off to board the plane, leaving the unconventional little family to sort itself out.


Production

Due to the low budget, most of the film was shot using natural or available light (as opposed to staged lightbanks).[citation needed]


Awards

The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Golden Space Needle of the Seattle International Film Festival and the Golden Bear of the Berlin Film Festival in 1993. The Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Foreign Language Film is a yearly US award for the best film in a language other than English, released in the period October - September in the country of origin. ... The Seattle International Film Festival (SIFF), held annually in Seattle, Washington, is purported to be the largest film festival in the United States and among the top film festivals in the world. ... The Berlin International Film Festival, also called the Berlinale, is one of the most important film festivals in Europe and the world. ... el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


Spinoffs

In December 1993, a novelization of the film was published in Japan, written by Yūji Kon'no. (ISBN 4-8387-0508-5) el 18 de mayo nacio claudia // 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ...


External links

Preceded by
Grand Canyon
Golden Bear winner
1993 tied with
Woman Sesame Oil Maker
Succeeded by
In the Name of the Father

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The film is a co-production between Taiwan and the United States.
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