The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan)
The Wedding Banquet (Xi yan) (1993)

A gay New Yorker stages a marriage of convenience with a young woman to satisfy his traditional Taiwanese family, but the wedding becomes a major inconvenience when his parents fly in for the ceremony. Director Ang Lee came to international… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 15, 2004
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Ang Lee's funny and ultimately poignant comedy of manners reveals the filmmaker's skill across genres.

Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

A very adroit and entertaining social comedy.

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Stephen Holden
New York Times

It is the unusual film comedy in which the humor springs as much from character as from situation.

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TV Guide's Movie Guide

Lee sustains the bubbling hilarity, but also provides quieter, deeper observation of the characters' motives and moods.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Most of this is smoothly done and scripted with plenty of incident.

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Joe Brown
Washington Post

Ang's elegantly orchestrated farce is generous with hilarious moments.

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Colette Maude
Empire Magazine

This tale of a marriage of convenience charms and amuses with strong comedic performances with a great script and some beautifully shot sequences.

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Never patronising his characters, Ang Lee combines comedy, both subtle and raucous, with acute social asides.

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James Berardinelli
ReelViews

The Wedding Banquet never becomes bogged down by its own seriousness. Lee manages to keep the production buoyant by including scenes that are often riotously funny.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Cultural clashes all over the place in this sweet and gently comedy.

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Wonderful portrait of what seems like a good idea at the time which spins wildly out of control and changes everyone involved, ultimately for the better even if… More
Sunil Jawahir
Good but dated. Ang Lee did a great job directing and the script is strong.
Jennifer Xu
Ang Lee's portrayal of the hot gay love pre-Brokeback. It's sweeter, wittier, and infinitely more Asian. The girl was a bitch.
Daisy Maduro
Ang Lee s romantic comedy drama The Wedding Banquet was about a gay Wai Tun,living in New York and son of a traditional Taiwanese family, who had never told his… More
Aliyanto Latip
No wonder Ang Lee was so capable in making Brokeback Mountain since this is his first & Asian version!
Sylvester Kuo
The best of Lee's Taiwanese Trilogy!!