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: August 4, 1993
DVD 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.

James Plath
Family Home Theater

By balancing comedy and drama and focusing on real solutions to real problems, Lee creates a film that pulses with the feeling of real life.

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Variety Staff

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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TV Guide

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

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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

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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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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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
Jesse Ortega
I thought this was a really good movie dragged down with needless melodrama in the last 25 minutes or so, poor English dialogue (and some corny subtitles for… More
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.
Marcus Woolcott
Yet another great film from Ang Lee. When it comes to human drama, there are few that can touch him.
Aliyanto Latip
No wonder Ang Lee was so capable in making Brokeback Mountain since this is his first & Asian version!
Sunil Jawahir
Good but dated. Ang Lee did a great job directing and the script is strong.