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Wedding Banquet, the

Winston Chao , May Chin , Ang Lee    R (Restricted)   DVD
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This 1993 international hit by Ang Lee is a funny and poignant story of a gay, Taiwanese-American man who goes to some lengths to fool his visiting family that he's actually straight. The results are far more complicated and entertaining than anyone could have guessed. The film seems all the more rich now since Lee has become a major Hollywood director: that same sensitivity and mild bemusement he brought to such stories of manners as Sense and Sensibility and The Ice Storm in recent years are in full bloom in this earlier work. --Tom Keogh

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Dec 27 2013
By Frank
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A good comedy - what happens when you are not honest with yr parents - lol - a comedy - built for enjoyoment - light but filling
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film, Even in Repeat Servings!! July 13 2004
By H. Wang
I watched this film the other day for the first time in about 10 years and it still touched my heart. As a Chinese growing up in the U.S, I can understand how cross-cultural differences can really take a toll on one's life. 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. 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'.
I was lucky enough to talk to Ang Lee at a film discussion last year. 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. This is definitely a movie worth adding to one's collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic Film About Family July 6 2004
By A Customer
This film proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that a family can take many forms. The cast is brilliant, the storyline is phenomenal. You'll laugh and you'll cry, and it will stick with you for a long time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding June 23 2004
By pm444
The first Ang Lee film that I saw was "Crouching Tiger". I didn't realize that he had directed films as varied in theme as "Sense and Sensibility" and "The Ice Storm", both of which are excellent films. In some respects, I found "The Wedding Banquet" to be the most accessible and intimate of his films that I have seen. It's certainly the most humorous.
The plot has been summarized by other reviewers, and in lesser hands it could easily have turned the film into a cliche. Given that the film appeared in the early 1990's, it could also have look dated to viewers in 2004. However, this film is not dated and it's not a cliche. Instead, it's a warm-hearted (but never maudlin) look at the importance of family, cultural heritage, and the difficulty of leading a hidden life, even when your relatives live on the other side of the world.
Much of the dialogue is Chinese (with English subtitles), but this is one of those rare films where I quickly became accustomed to the subtitles and they did not interfere at all with my enjoyment of the movie. The fact that the Chinese characters actually spoke Chinese made the film more believable.
Ang Lee's talent for visual composition is apparent throughout the movie. It's filled with scenes of real beauty, which is not always the case with comedies. Too often, movie comedies are shot as if they were widescreen TV sitcoms. That's not the case here. The production values are consistently high, so much so that I was surprised to discover during the DVD featurette that it was a low-budget film.
This film is fun to watch, with excellent acting and outstanding direction.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! June 12 2004
I am so glad that they made the DVD format for this film. It is a great film, it is one of the first gay films that I saw and it still the best gay film that I have ever seen. It is must have if you collect films
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