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The Wedding Banquet (1993)The Wedding Banquet (1993)

The Wedding Banquet (1993)

A charming gay romcom filled with strong cultural detail

Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2

movie

Taiwan, United States of America

English, Mandarin

Easy, Lighthearted, Lovely

1993

Ang Lee

Ang Lee, Gua Ah-leh, Mason Lee

109 min

Synopsis

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.

Our Take

7.2
The Staff

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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