CHANNEL 4 4SEVEN E4 MORE4 FILM4 4MUSIC 4oD

Viewing your Watchlist and recommended content requires Javascript

  • 15
  • Comedy, Drama
  • 1993
  • 108 mins

Wedding Banquet, The

Wedding Banquet, The

About

Wei-Tung (Chao) and Simon (Lichtenstein) are a gay couple living in Manhattan - but Wei-Tung's parents are very keen for him to settle down with a nice Chinese girl and produce oodles of grandchildren. So, using a green card as a carrot, they enlist Wei-Wei (Chin), a nice Chinese girl - to help them out (on the first point, at least) and start making preparations for the traditional Chinese wedding banquet. Which, of course, is where it all starts to go wrong. Lee's sweetly balanced farce explores the deceptions that exist in the relationships between parents and children, and never becomes implausible - even in a scene in which Wei-Tung's parents offer to put his name down for a matchmaking agency, and he, thinking that it'll be beyond the bounds of possibility, requests a very tall opera singer. (No problem, he discovers.

Cast & Connections

  • Actor: Sihung Lung, Dion Birney, AhLei Gua, May Chin, Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein
  • Director: Ang Lee
  • Writer: James Schamus, Neil Peng, Ang Lee
  • Producer: Ang Lee, James Schamus, Ted Hope
  • Photographer: Jong Lin

In a nutshell

) Lee's control of his characters is already pretty masterful: this is a smart, funny and moving work.

Latest from Film4...

  • Film4 Palo Alto

    Palo Alto

    First-time writer-director Gia Coppola adapts James Francos collection of linked short stories that tell of teenagers struggles with life, love and vice

  • Film4 The Judge

    The Judge

    In small-town Indiana, the local judge (Robert Duvall) is convicted of murder. Can his estranged big city lawyer son (Robert Downey Jr.), who specialises in getting crooks off the hook, save the day?

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Joe Cunningham's 11 recommendations for LFF 14

    Unfortunately I haven¿t been jet setting around the world this year to the various exciting international film festivals, but that¿s what makes the London Film Festival¿s compilation approach to progr

  • Channel 4 Blog

    Michael Leader's 11 recommendations for LFF 2014

    One of the best things about the London Film Festival¿s smorgasbord approach to programming is that, amongst the world premieres and gala screenings, there¿s an eclectic collection of exciting films o

Register with Film4.com

Personalise your Film4 experience

  • Set film reminders
  • Build your watchlist
  • Get film suggestions

or Register

Share