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Classic Films for the New Year: The Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman

January 15, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Ang Lee (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon; Brokeback Mountain; Life of Pi), one of today’s greatest filmmakers, launched his Hollywood career in the early 1990s with a series of three films, known collectively as the Father Knows Best trilogy. Together, they explore cultural and generational conflicts at the core of modern family life and offer a window into traditional family life and values in Taiwan.  Join us to ring in the Year of the Rat with two of these stunning classics: The Wedding Banquet and Eat Drink Man Woman.

The Wedding Banquet (喜宴), 1993

Director: Ang Lee
Language: Mandarin, with English subtitles

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
6:00 PM

Simon and Wei-Tung are a gay couple living together in Manhattan. To defer the suspicions of Wei-Tung’s parents, Simon suggests a marriage of convenience between Wei-Tung and Wei-Wei, an immigrant in need of a green card. When Wei-Tung’s parents come to America for the wedding, they insist upon an elaborate banquet, resulting in several complications.

Eat Drink Man Woman (饮食男女), 1994

Director: Ang Lee
Language: Mandarin, with English subtitles

Wednesday, February 5, 2020
6:00 PM

Mr. Chu, a widower who is a master Chinese chef, has three unmarried daughters, each of whom challenges a narrow definition of traditional Chinese culture: Chu Jia-Jen, a school teacher nursing a broken heart who converted to Christianity; Chu Jia-Chien, a fiercely independent airline executive who carries her father’s culinary legacy but never got to pursue that passion; and Chu Jia-Ning, a college student who starts a relationship with her friend’s ex-boyfriend.  Each Sunday Mr. Chu makes a glorious banquet for his daughters, through whose tumultuous love lives the family navigates the evolution of old values into new ones.

This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department Of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.


January 15, 2020
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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