Wedding Banquet Movie Analysis

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The Wedding Banquet: Same Sex Relationships and Beyond

“I’ll survive”, then Wai Tung responded, “not if Wei Wei keeps cooking.” The film “The Wedding Banquet” was packed with hilarious scenes, which at the same time, depicts the allegory of the modern view on same sex relationships. In traditional Chinese belief, marriages are to be conducted in order to give birth to a child and inherits the family branches, which has been generally recognized as the main goal of heterosexual relationships and behaviour. However, the film “The Wedding Banquet” subverts the traditional belief. Same sex relationships have been regarded as reasonable and the overwhelming response towards this film has proven that the awareness on same sex relationship is prevailing throughout these years.
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Contrary to our belief, homosexual relationship is not as weird as we thought. In traditional Chinese customs, same sex relationships disobey the ordinary flow of human development, which marriage ought to be heterosexual, pure and without any intruder. Any person invading into the relationship, regardless of his/her gender, will be regarded as improper, and will often suffer from sanctions and boycott. As the film was issued in 1993, when there is still lacking advocators of homosexual relationship, the concept of “coming out of the closet” had still remained hidden among the society. However, it had been a breakthrough that, at the end of the film, Wai Tung finally tell his mother about his genuine sexual orientation deliberately. The film has contributed on moving the society forward so that people are more willing to express their own sexual orientation to their imitates, if not all their friends and relatives. Tong Zhi should be based on relationship, but not on erotica dominantly. “Coming out of the closet” has been depicted as a kind of self-affirmation in the

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