Xi yan (1993) HD online
|Cast overview, first billed only:|
|Ah-Lei Gua||-||Mrs. Gao (as Ah-Leh Gua)|
|Sihung Lung||-||Mr. Gao|
|Winston Chao||-||Wai-Tung Gao|
|Jeanne Kuo Chang||-||Wai-Tung's Secretary|
|Michael Gaston||-||Justice of the Peace|
|Jeffrey Howard||-||Street Musician|
|Theresa Hou||-||Female Cashier|
|Yung-Teh Hsu||-||Bob Law, Wai-Tung's Old Friend|
This was the most financially profitable film of 1993, earning $23.6 million from a budget of $1 million. This gave it a cost-to-return ratio of 23.6, considerably higher than 1993's biggest money-maker "Jurassic Park" whose ratio was 13.8.
Winston Chao had been an airline steward for seven years and had never acted in a film before when Ang Lee cast him as Wai-Tung. Three to four hours every day were spent to teach him how to act.
Ang based the first half of the movie on the true story of a friend, Neil Peng
Ang Lee wrote the film six years before it was made, and five years before his first film, Pushing Hands
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
Filmed debut of Winston Chao, who was discovered Chow on an airplane flight, where Chow was part of the crew. In order to overcome Chow's fear of being in his first acting role ever, writer/director [link=nm0000487} had to promise that Chow would receive on set acting lessons from his own designated acting coach/teacher.
As of 2018, in the 25 years since being discovered for The Wedding Banquet, Winston Chao has gone on to a distinguished acting career, including portraying Chinese statesman Sun-Yet Sen in five different film or television productions, and has also portrayed at least five different Chinese kings or emperors in five different productions.
Ang Lee: a guest at the wedding banquet.