The Wedding Banquet

A young Taiwanese businessman living in New York with his physical therapist boyfriend decides to marry a Chinese artist who needs a green card; the next thing he knows his parents from Taiwan, not knowing he’s gay, have decided to come to the wedding. Director Ang Lee collaborated on the script with Neil Feng and producer James Schamus; this 1993 feature, his second, is a very adroit and entertaining social comedy. Satire about and for the middle class with more heart than edge, it’s pitched mainly at liberal straight people, though the Chinese cultural details should be fascinating to all non-Chinese viewers. With Winston Chao, Mitchell Lichtenstein, Sihung Lung, May Chin, and Ah-leh Gua. In English and subtitled Mandarin. R, 106 min. (JR)

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