But there are more moments when the film deals simply and directly with the feelings and fears of its characters. The camerawork is seamless in its privileging of the narrative, but not so dry as to show directorial laxity. Besides helping Wei-Wei, Simon and Wai-Tung hope that this will placate Wai-Tung's parents. For Wei-Wei , the pretend marriage with Wai-Tung makes good sense, but is also painful, because she has a crush on him and would like to be married to him for real. I've known such people and believe me it's no day at the beach. Ang Lee did a great job because he is truly one of the few directors out there who I feel puts a lot of real emphasis on character development. On the other hand, it was only Ang Lee's second feature film and it is painfully obvious that it was shot with a very modest budget.
There are also a few segments where black crush sneaks in, though my feeling is that you will spot its presence primarily during close-ups see a good example in screencapture 3. It also does it with the right tone, which is why when the final credits roll it is somewhat easier to believe that eventually people tend to figure out a way to be honest about their feelings and be comfortable in their own skin. Gao has seen 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. Here the forgotten, the overlooked and the strange are given their due. Closer in plot and style to Green Card than The Birdcage it examines the personal consequences of deceit. With people like them you genuinely begin to feel that no matter what eventually things will sort themselves out. Club members also get access to our members-only section on RogerEbert.
This 1993 Ang Lee classic is a modern-day, multi-cultural romantic comedy of errors in which Wai-Tung Gao, a successful New York property developer, has yet to break the news to his meddlesome parents that he's gay, as they parade a steady stream of potential brides through his life via long-distance fix-ups. The film is a between and the United States. If you know absolutely nothing about what life is like for a gay person or an illegal immigrant then this is the film to see. He speaks broken Mandarin Chinese but is proficient in cooking Asian dishes. Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in Manhattan. The Wedding Banquet is a film released in and directed by. At the end of the film, I was a little surprised how much I cared for them.
S, I can understand how cross-cultural differences can really take a toll on one's life. Also, there are no traces of recent filtering adjustments. To defer the suspicions of Wei-Tung's parents, Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant in need of a green card. Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in Manhattan. All is well - except for the letters and phone calls from his parents, who wonder, with increasing urgency, when he is going to marry a nice Chinese girl and present them with a grandchild.
I don't recall seeing this film in my theater and I am a bit suspicious that the original audio soundtrack was Mono. She is shocked and insists that he not tell his father. The film did a great job of focusing on people's individual expectations, and the means by which people would go in order to live up to those of their parents'. However, this one more than passes the test of time. The event features a lavish Chinese menu with all the trimmings, and the gathering provides many opportunities for both dramatic and comedic irony between the bride and groom as they carry on their charade before a crowd of unsuspecting friends and family.
The Wedding Banquet is an excellent study in sexual orientation and freedom of choice within the context of social mores, traditional values and parental expectations. You can also get an instant mobile notification with our iPhone- or Android app. Admittedly, there are large parts of the film that look quite dated now because it is easy to see that Lee carefully controls the emotions of different groups of people. This is definitely a movie worth adding to one's collection. Lee's film is set in New York City where gay lovers Wai-Tung Winston Chao and Simon Mitchell Lichtenstein are in a perfect relationship -- they work hard and play even harder and could not care less what the rest of the world thinks of them. I told him that the Wedding Banquet was one of my favorite films of all time, and he seemed appreciative of that, because he felt he took a lot of care in developing the essence of character conflict and tension.
In 2003, the presented a musical staging of the story. Simon is extremely upset when he finds out, and his relationship with Wai-Tung begins to deteriorate. I occasionally felt that by striving for a completely smooth and inoffensive narrative arc they also excised some of the societal and emotional complexities at work. The movie takes a few more tosses and twists than it needs to, however: I could have done well without the extra plot line that gets thrown in after the wedding night and you know what I mean. It was directed by , choreographed by , with music by Woody Pak and book and lyrics by.
The story would no doubt fall apart in the hands of a lesser director, but Lee shows a genuine compassion for his characters and a wise level of restraint that keeps the outrageousness from feeling impossible. The bride that changed everything I think that it is a pretty safe bet that when in 1993 Ang Lee decided to shoot his second feature film, The Wedding Banquet, he had already seen Edouard Molinaro's. Advertisement Why, asks Simon, shouldn't Wai-Tung marry Wei-Wei - providing her with a green card to allow her to stay in America, while at the same time placating his far-away parents? The film was directed by and stars , , , , and. I watched this film the other day for the first time in about 10 years and it still touched my heart. The film, a winner of the Golden Bear Award at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival and Best Film and Best Director at the 1993 Seattle International Film Festival, is well directed and contains credible acting despite its abhorrent premise which parodies marriage and points instead to a grand-scale deception of those involved. But things get complicated when Mr.
Some of the countries we currently cover are Burma, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The only way to atone for the disgraceful wedding is a magnificent wedding banquet, offered by Mr. And the actors, especially as Wai-Tung, have a curious fatalism about them, as if their characters are resigned to the worst. It's great to laugh at one's self, and at situations that can be heavy and emotional. Meanwhile, Simon is being an awfully good sport about it all.
The Wedding Banquet is a bittersweet comedy that targets a wide range of clichés and for the most part hits them with the right authority. Wei-Wei is persuaded to go along. However, the heartbreak his mother experiences at the courthouse wedding prepares the story for a shift to drama. The main reason for this is that no attempts have been made to repolish and resharpen it. In the end, both derive some happiness from the situation, and they walk off to board the aircraft, leaving the unconventional family to figure themselves out.