The Wedding Banquet
1993, Ang Lee, Taiwan/USA, 106 min.
With Winston Chao, May Chin, Mitchell Lichtenstein
- Tue, Mar 24th 6:00pm
"A very adroit and entertaining social comedy."—Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
The second feature by Taiwanese-born, American-educated Lee is part of the so-called "Father Knows Best" trilogy that explored his bi-cultural roots before he moved on to more international and less directly personal subjects. In a longtime gay relationship but under pressure from his Taiwanese parents to marry and produce a grandchild, New York-based real-estate entrepreneur Wai-Tung (Chao) arranges a marriage of convenience with a Chinese artist (Chin) in need of a green card. When his parents arrive unexpectedly for the nuptials, Wai-Tung, his bride, and his lover Simon (Lichtenstein) struggle to keep up the facade of heterosexual bliss, and a massive, Taiwanese-style wedding banquet puts them to the test. Combining sharp social satire with a touching take on generational and cultural gaps, THE WEDDING BANQUET did much to challenge the gay and Asian stereotypes of its day. In Mandarin and English with English subtitles. 35mm. (MR)
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(Friday and Saturday dates are subject to change.)
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May 1 and 5
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