Friday 30 January 1998
In this era of Titanic-sized budget and publicity campaigns, little gems get overlooked. Sense and Sensibility put director Ang Lee on the map, but despite rave reviews, his latest, The Ice Storm, has done disappointing business in the USA. Forget that, the feast of subtly modulated performances from an exquisite cast including Joan Allen, Kevin Kline, Sigourney Weaver and Christina Ricci should not be missed. In 1993, when Jurassic Park shot into the record books taking squillions at the box office, Lee's unassuming little charmer The Wedding Banquet was that year's most profitable movie. It cost less than $1m and took nearly 28 times that amount. Unbeknown to his parents back in Taiwan, Wai-Tung lives happily in New York with Simon, his lover. All hell threatens to break loose when his parents start applying pressure for an arranged marriage. The humour is sweet, deft and truthful: a comedy for those with a brain.
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