THE WEDDING BANQUET

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Release Date: August 06, 1993

Starring: Winston Chao, May Chin, Mitchell Lichtenstein, Sihung Lung, & Ah-Leh Gua.

Genre: Comedy

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Rating: PG-13

Runtime: Approximately 120 minutes

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Content:

(Ab, A/D, Ho, LLL, NN) Anti-Christian attitude toward sacredness of marriage and family; alcohol abuse in drinking scenes; homosexuals living together, kissing & embracing; and, upper female nudity shown.

Summary:

In the movie THE WEDDING BANQUET, a homosexual couple live happily together when one decides to marry so he can get a tax break. The film, a winner of the Golden Bear Award at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival and Best Film and Best Director at the 1993 Seattle International Film Festival, is well directed and contains credible acting despite its abhorrent premise which parodies marriage and points instead to a grand-scale deception of those involved.

Review:

In the movie THE WEDDING BANQUET, a homosexual couple live happily together when one, the Chinese partner Wai-Tung, decides to marry so he can get a tax break. His parents live in Taiwan and have been pressuring him to marry and have a grandson. Wai-Tung makes plans to improvise a wedding with Wei-Wei, a tenant in one of his apartments, who needs a green card. His parents arrive for an unexpected visit and are enchanted with their prospective daughter-in-law, giving her many lovely gifts. Later, they are disappointed with the cold, culturally indifferent civil ceremony. At the wedding dinner, however, an old friend who owns the restaurant, insists on providing a huge wedding reception, and the deception increases. The wedding banquet culminates in equally traditional madcap, Taiwanese wedding-night games as Wei-Wei seduces the inebriated Wai-Tung, and she becomes pregnant.

THE WEDDING BANQUET was the winner of the Golden Bear Award at the 1993 Berlin Film Festival and Best Film and Best Director at the 1993 Seattle International Film Festival. The film is well directed and the acting credible with good comedic pace and timing; however, the subject and the plot are deplorable giving the lie to St. Paul's admonition in Hebrews 13:4: "Marriage should be honored by all, and the marriage bed kept pure, for God will judge the adulterer and all the sexually immoral."

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