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The Wedding Banquet (1993)

The Wedding Banquet (1993)

A charming gay romcom filled with strong cultural detail

7.2

Movie

Taiwan, United States of America
English, Mandarin
Comedy, Drama, Romance
1993
ANG LEE
Ang Lee, Dion Birney, Gua Ah-leh
109 min

What it's about

A Taiwanese-American man is happily settled in New York with his American boyfriend. He plans a marriage of convenience to a Chinese woman in order to keep his parents off his back and to get the woman a green card. Chaos follows when his parents arrive in New York for the wedding.

The take

Even with a plot that wholeheartedly embraces the tropes of a fake marriage and of found families, The Wedding Banquet never falls into the trap of histrionic melodrama. There's a calmness to this film that's made all the more poignant by how none of these characters are truly right or wrong, good or bad. Everyone is just trying to stay in their lane while nurturing the little bits of happiness they can find. The Wedding Banquet is a relatively early example of a lighthearted gay romance and an American co-production that's incredibly sensitive about representing Taiwanese culture properly on screen.

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