To satisfy his nagging parents, a gay landlord and a female tenant agree to a marriage of convenience, but his parents arrive to visit and things get out of hand.
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.
Filial piety may not be a new thing for the Chinese, and maybe that is why this movie feels rooted, grounded. Wai-Tung who is a successful businessman and landlord commands respect among his colleagues, but when he’s with his parents, he’s still their little boy.
Wai-Tung loves his parents, and he knows what they expect. He’s ashamed that he doesn’t want to fulfill their dreams, that he wants a life of his own, that he didn’t turn out as they hoped.
But he also cares about his lover Simon, and you know what has drawn them together is that they care about other people. Simon is a physical therapist who likes lecturing his clients; Wai-Tung tries to appear in charge, but he always seems to be taken advantage of by the people around him.
This concern for others is what draws us to Wai-Tung, and when his parents appear, you know exactly why he’s going along with deceiving them.
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Original Title: Xi yan
Tagline: A little deception in the reception.
Language: Mandarin, English
Country: Taiwan, USA
Director: Ang Lee
Stars: Winston Chao, May Chin, Ya-lei Kuei
Run time: 106 min