Both of his paternal grandparents, along with many relatives, were killed because they had been landlords at the time Mao Tse-tung took power. Things become even more complicated when they announce to Wai-Tung that they are coming from Taiwan for a surprise visit.
The event features a lavish Chinese menu with all the trimmings, and the gathering provides many opportunities for both dramatic and comedic irony between the bride and groom as they carry on their charade before a crowd of unsuspecting friends and family.
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. In a series of events reminiscent of La Cage aux Folles, Wai-Tung, Wei-Wei and Simon carry out their ruse all the way to honeymoon suite, where the plot takes an unexpected turn.
In the published screenplay version of the film, Schamus wrote that the film was "first drafted in Chinese, then translated into English, re-written in English, translated back into Chinese, and eventually subtitled in Chinese and English and a dozen other languages.
Gao has forged an emotional bond to daughter-in-law Wei-Wei. This in a country where homosexuality exists as a subculture but has rarely been publicly acknowledged.
Said the director, "The most difficult scene for me to shoot was the scene in which the bride seduces the groom. At the end of the film, I was a little surprised how much I cared for them. He speaks broken Mandarin Chinese but is proficient in cooking Asian dishes.
Wai-Tung dares not tell his parents the truth, because his father, a retired officer in the Chinese Nationalist Armyhas just recovered from a stroke. It was confusing to me. She is very gracious when Wai-Tung explains his dilemma, as she, too, is hiding a relationship with a Caucasian man.
Gao has another stroke, and in a moment of anger, after a fight with both Simon and Wei-Wei, Wai-Tung admits the truth to his mother. Gao suggest that Wai-Tung and Wei-Wei speed up their wedding plans, as the father, a retired military general, is in failing health and they worry that this may be his last chance to travel.
But things get complicated when Mr. I had become so used to Wai Tung wanting Simon, repressing that desire while his parents were there but then acting in a way that is expected of him on the night of the wedding banquet. However, the heartbreak his mother experiences at the courthouse wedding prepares the story for a shift to drama.
However, the perceptive Mr. Inhe began writing the screenplay with Peng. Other popular films have grappled with some of the same issues. As a part of the lie, Wai-Tung introduces Simon as his landlord. Wai-Tung is in his late 20s, so his tradition-minded parents are eager to see him get married and have a child in order to continue the family line.
The rest of the family took refuge in Taiwan. The international success of the comedy, which won top awards at the Berlin and Seattle film festivals this year, is in part a nod to the universality of its themes--from the politics of sexual identity to the timeless need of children to escape their parents.
Gao has seen more than he is letting on; he secretly tells Simon that he knows about their relationship, and, appreciating the considerable sacrifices he made for his biological son, takes Simon as his son as well.
Gao accepts Simon and warmly shakes his hand. The year-old Taiwanese-born filmmaker calls the Chinese cultural tradition an infantile excuse for his people to "throw off 5, years of sexual repression. I shot it three times and discarded it three times. The title of the film is drawn from the celebratory wedding banquet hosted by Old Chen, a friend of Mr.
She is shocked and insists that he not tell his father. The only way to atone for the disgraceful wedding is a magnificent wedding banquet, offered by Mr. After the banquet, Wei-Wei has sex with a drunken Wai-Tung, and becomes pregnant. Meanwhile, Simon is being an awfully good sport about it all.
But "The Wedding Banquet" examines the primacy of the individual within the context of a culture that expects and rewards conformity, where the pull of traditions carries the weight of 5, years of ancestor worship. Gao from his military career who now owns an upscale Chinese restaurant in New York.
Simon is extremely upset when he finds out, and his relationship with Wai-Tung begins to deteriorate. It seemed unnatural to me, somehow.
Wei Wei May Chinan illegal immigrant, is agreeable. The Wedding Banquet is an excellent study in sexual orientation and freedom of choice within the context of social mores, traditional values and parental expectations.
James Schamus also is co-writer. He is the only character in the movie who receives open prejudice for being gay.Cultural Provocateur: In 'The Wedding Banquet,' Ang Lee Stirs Up Custom.
August 04, | PATRICK PACHECO | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES. NEW YORK — Ang Lee hates wedding banquets. The year-old Taiwanese-born filmmaker calls the Chinese cultural tradition an infantile excuse for his people to "throw off 5, years of sexual repression.". Aug 27, · The Wedding Banquet () Cast.
Winston we sense, entering "La Cage aux Folles" country, and "The Wedding Banquet" does take some of the same delight in constructing a comedy of misunderstandings and deceptions.
But the movie also has a warm heart, and by the end somehow manages to become very moving. The director, Ang Lee, approaches his 3/5. Director Ang Lee came to international prominence with this warm-hearted comedy, which centers on the farcical confusion that emerges from this deception.
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Friday Film Review: The Wedding Banquet. The Wedding Banquet () Genre: Romantic/GLBT/Comedy. Grade: B. This is one of Ang Lee’s earlier movies and he uses it to show a cross cultural match up of Taiwanese and American, GLBT and straight.
It’s got humor, love of many kinds, a bit of pathos and a lot of understanding – even if not. The Wedding Banquet () Reference View. Trivia: This was the most financially profitable film ofearning $ million from a budget of $1 million. The wedding banquet represents the first attempt by Ang Lee to discuss gay relationships through the cinematic medium.
Interestingly, Lee also makes a cameo .Download