At Simon's insistence, Wai-Tung decides to get married to one of his tenants, Wei-Wei May Chin , a penniless artist from mainland China in need of a green card. The funniest scene is the courthouse nuptials, and the banquet itself makes you wish you were there. Genre: , , Stars: , , , , , , , Director: Ang Lee Country: , Rating: 6. International sales: Good Machine, N. The New York Times Company. And then all of their neatly made plans go astray when Wai-Tung's parents announce they will travel from Taiwan for the wedding.
Reviewed at Berlin Film Festival competing , Feb. But the movie also has a warm heart, and by the end somehow manages to become very moving. The couple have a plan: Wai-Tung will marry Wei-Wei, an acquaintance in need of a green card—but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand. A further complication is when a drunken Wai-tung momentarily slips off his sexual wagon and makes Wei-wei pregnant on their wedding night. With: Wai-tung - Winston Gao Wei-wei - May Chin Simon - Mitchell Lichtenstein Mr.
Somewhat in betweeb kusturica's black cat white cat wedding aand serious film about non traditional relationships. Advertisers and Affiliate Partnerships do not influence our content. And the actors, especially as Wai-Tung, have a curious fatalism about them, as if their characters are resigned to the worst. For Wei-Wei , the pretend marriage with Wai-Tung makes good sense, but is also painful, because she has a crush on him and would like to be married to him for real. But the movie also has a warm heart, and by the end somehow manages to become very moving. Gao seeks and receives Simon's promise not to tell his secret for, as he points out, without the sham marriage, he'd never have a grandchild.
The only way to atone for the disgraceful wedding is a magnificent wedding banquet, offered by Mr. Wai-Tung dares not tell his parents the truth, because his father, a retired officer in the , has just recovered from a stroke. . And the actors, especially as Wai-Tung, have a curious fatalism about them, as if their characters are resigned to the worst. All is well - except for the letters and phone calls from his parents, who wonder, with increasing urgency, when he is going to marry a nice Chinese girl and present them with a grandchild. Wai-Tung Gao Winston Chao and Simon Mitchell Lichtenstein are a happy gay couple living in Manhattan. I know if I was in that situation, I'd want to blow off some steam! While en route to an appointment for an abortion, Wei-Wei decides to keep the baby, and asks Simon to stay together with Wai-Tung and be the baby's second father.
Though succinctly sketched at the start, the gay relationship slips out of focus as Chinese issues and the escalating comedy of errors take over. Could there soon be the pitter patter of little feet? He speaks broken Mandarin Chinese but is proficient in cooking Asian dishes. In a moment of anger, after a fight with both Simon and Wei-Wei, Wai-Tung tells his mother the truth. As a part of the lie, Wai-Tung introduces Simon as his landlord. The show starred as Wai Tung. See our about the inclusion of affiliate links on this site for more information. In the end, both derive some happiness from the situation, and they walk off to board the aircraft, leaving the unconventional family to sort itself out.
Wai-Tung dares not tell his parents the true situation, because his father has just recovered from a stroke; they go through with the wedding. At the end of the film, I was a little surprised how much I cared for them. It may not be as beautiful as his other movies but that feels dictated by the content of the film. Could there soon be the pitter patter of little feet? The banquet is the movie's great set piece, as booze and tradition and deception and expectation all come together, and lead, in an unlikely way, to happiness. The director, , approaches his material in a low-key way, not punching up the big dramatic or comic moments.
This leads to a drunk Wei-Wei having sex with an equally drunken Wai-Tung who becomes pregnant. On August 29, 2017, Olive Films released on Blu-ray. The director, , approaches his material in a low-key way, not punching up the big dramatic or comic moments. The service actually locates a 1. They do not guess he is homosexual. Ang Lee directed the film which starred Ah-Leh Gua, Sihung Lung, May Chin, Winston Chao, and Mitchell Lichtenstein.
For Wai-Tung, the whole charade is uncomfortable, because dishonest. Gao makes him promise not to tell anyone; without everyone trying to lie to him, he points out, he'd never have gotten a grandchild. Before Wai-Tung's parents arrive, Simon tells Wei-Wei everything she needs to know about Wai-Tung's habits, body, and lifestyle, and the three take down all homosexual content from their house and replace it with traditional Chinese scrolls. With: Wai-tung - Winston Gao Wei-wei - May Chin Simon - Mitchell Lichtenstein Mr. When Wei-Tung's parents come to America for the wedding, they insist upon an elaborate banquet, resulting in several complications. The runtime of The Wedding Banquet is 109 minutes 01 hours 49 minutes. They do not guess he is homosexual.
Chinese opera singers are always men, so they demand an opera singer and add that she must be very tall, must have two Ph. Lichtenstein melds easily with the Chinese cast, and vet Taiwan actress Ah-leh Gua better known by the name Kuei Ya-lei has her moments as the mother. Under its frothy satire of lavish Chinese wedding customs and the secret domestic masquerades of parents, gay lovers and fake spouses lies a telling comparison of Chinese ritualised public sexuality and private, individualistic Western coupling. Nor can he bring himself to tell them. Somewhat in betweeb kusturica's black cat white cat wedding aand serious film about non traditional relationships.
Canny mix of feel-good elements and ethnic color could pay off in brisk foreign sales for co-winner of the Berlin fest Golden Bear. Nor can he bring himself to tell them. There are moments of obvious comedy, such as when the parents subscribe to a matchmaking service for their son, who specifies he requires a very tall opera singer, only to find that the service can supply one. But there are more moments when the film deals simply and directly with the feelings and fears of its characters. She likes Wai-Tung very much.