The Wedding Banquet

Synopsis: Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in Manhattan. To defer the suspicions of Wei-Tung's parents, Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant in need of a green card. When Wei-Tung's parents come to America for the wedding, they insist upon an elaborate banquet, resulting in several complications.
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance
Director(s): Ang Lee
Production: Good Machine
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 12 wins & 9 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
106 min

It's been a long time since I last wrote...

but because of my shoulder...

I find it difficult to lift a pen.

So I recorded this cassette for you...

my son in America.

It will save you lots on phone bills, too.

My shoulder has been hurting

since menopause began.

They say after two more years,

it won't hurt anymore.

So, Pa has retired from the Army,

and now he's acting strange.

Before he was a general...

in charge of thousands of troops.

Now he's here at home...

commanding only me and old Chang...

and he's getting very cranky.

It's hard for him to run things.

Maybe it's because I'm getting old,

and he's getting older...

and you're not getting any younger yourself.

When will you marry?

You know, Pa came from China to Taiwan

by himself...

and you're his only precious son.

So don't be such a snob!

Last week we enrolled you

into Taipei's best singles club...

and they'll send you a computer form...

for you to describe your ideal woman.

All their girls have impeccable backgrounds.

They are well-educated, well brought up...

elegant and very attractive...

like Mrs. Quian's daughter,

the one you refused to marry.

Please, son. Don't be so choosy.

Relax. Stretch.

As a great Chinese poet once said:

What's that supposed to mean?

If you don't Zen out, you'll be murdered

by your physical therapist.

Simon, there's a call for you.


If I give you $1,

will you stop playing for a minute?

- Simon?

- Yeah, where are you?

In the city. Come here and meet me.

I'll take you out to dinner.

You're still mad?

It's just we've been

planning this trip for months.

All you had to do was tell me.

But I can't control

when zoning boards meet.

We'll get time together, I promise.

Just come home tonight, okay?

We'll talk about it later.

Sure. I'm going by

the Williamsburg Building first.

I'll be home by 7:00.

Wai Tung! Wow! What a coincidence!

You live in Brooklyn?

No, in Manhattan.

What are you up to?

Last time I saw you

was before my operation.

They put 33 different wires,

but you can hardly notice...

only the skin graft.

Sorry, but I'm late. Call me sometime.

Yeah, let's get together.

Just like the old days.

You're eating too fast.

I'm nervous. If they let me convert

the Hudson building, I'll make millions.

If not, we couldn't even afford

a vacation in the Poconos.

What's the point of being able

to afford a vacation...

if you won't even take time off to have one?

Speaking of which,

Steve and Andrew just got back from Belize.

They hated the hotel.

Was that the one we were going to stay in?

So I guess it's great we didn't go.

Simon, I'm really sorry.

But I've made up my mind.

I'm taking you to Paris in September,

right after the zoning hearing.

It will be a birthday present.

You're such a jerk.

Hey, you homo!

What are you doing in this neighborhood?


Don't joke about it.

You know the Witchells down the street?

Check them out.


Do you and the mighty Wai want to go shoot

some hoops later, maybe around 2:00?

Wai has to run into Williamsburg

and deal with some tenant stuff.

I might be able to make it though.

- I'll call you.

- Just show up.

- See you.

- Bye.

If they're not off the sidewalk by 10:00,

I get a ticket.

- Sorry, boss.

- You're sorry?

Those tickets cost me $175.

If I get another one,

it's coming out of your salary.

Who is it?

The nasty landlord.

This floor has been liberated...

but since you're so handsome,

you may come in.

This is not rent.

Simon says these will be worth a lot

some day.

Simon is not the landlord,

and I don't know modern art.

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Ang Lee

Ang Lee OBS (Chinese: 李安; pinyin: Lǐ Ān; born October 23, 1954) is a Taiwanese film director and screenwriter. Lee's work is known for its emotional charge, which critics believe is responsible for his success in offsetting cultural barriers and achieving international recognition.Lee's earlier films, such as The Wedding Banquet, Pushing Hands, and Eat Drink Man Woman explored the relationships and conflicts between tradition and modernity, Eastern and Western. Lee also deals with repressed, hidden emotions in many of his films, including Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, The Ice Storm, Hulk, and Brokeback Mountain. more…

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