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Analyzing The Wedding Banquet. Presented by: The Undecideds. Team Members: Shawn Shadkam Tina Tien Safa Asad Efren Gutierrez Danny Zheng Kate Dahle. Wai Tung. Business Man Secret that he cannot expose Assimilated in American culture. Safa Asad. Simon. Therapist

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The Wedding Banquet

Presented by: The Undecideds

Team Members:

Shawn Shadkam

Tina Tien


Efren Gutierrez

Danny Zheng

Kate Dahle

wai tung
Wai Tung
  • Business Man
  • Secret that he cannot expose
  • Assimilated in American culture


  • Therapist
  • Wai Tung’s partner/lover.
  • Blends in with Wai’s family instantly
wei wei
Wei Wei
  • A painter, and Wai Tung’s tenant
  • Marries Wai Tung for a green card.
  • Returns favor by having a shaky marriage.
ma pa
Ma & Pa
  • Traditional Taiwanese Parents.
  • Understand their son’s position in different ways.
  • Would do anything to save their family’s face.


Problems with being different.

Conflict between the old and the young generation; the clash.

  • Movie starts as a light comedy and gradually darkens representing the life of Wai Tung and his family.
  • Marriage of Wai and Wei Wei shows reunion of China and Taiwan.
  • Returning favors.
film theory


Germaine Dulac

  • Background
    • The Italian futurist RicciottoCanudo (1879-1923) considered to be the very first theoretician of cinema
    • Silent Era- Germaine Dulac, Louis Delluc- Considered an art form because it differed from reality
    • 1960’s incorporated concepts from academia


Essence of the cinema

Systematic concepts for understanding film\'s relationship to reality, the arts, individual viewers.

Produce emotional and mental effects on the audience.

  • Key Theories
    • Psychoanalytic Film Theory- object of desire
    • Structuralist Film Theory- convey meaning through code
    • Feminist Film Theory- way women are portrayed
    • Queer Film Theory- portrayal of gay community

Efren Gutierrez

Efren Gutierrez- Citations- Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica,,

the wise patriarch trilogy

The Wise Patriarch Trilogy

  • Mr. Gao’s Wisdom
    • Gives Simon the Hongbao



Same Sex Relationship



Wei Wei - Pregnant

Efren Gutierrez- Citations- Wikipedia, Encyclopedia Britannica,,

style of directing
Style of Directing
  • Montage vs. Long takes
    • Montage:editing that uses cuts to place shots in conversation with one another.
    • Long takes, where shots last for a long time and keep the elements of a scene in deep focus, letting the viewer choose his or her points of emphasis
  • Hollywood style
    • it strives to make the reader forget the medium of film altogether and the effect feels natural to experienced viewers of film
  • The Brechtian Influence
    • directors and actors should strive to remind the audience of the artifice and artistry of the performance, calling attention to the processes of acting and production that underlie the film.


  • close-up/extreme close-up
  • medium close-up
  • medium shot
  • medium long shot
  • long shot
  • extreme long shot
  • shot/reverse-angle shot
  • jump cuts
  • match cuts
  • montage cuts
  • compilation shots
  • Cutaways
  • cross-cuts
  • chronological editing
  • cross-cutting or parallel editing
  • deep focus
  • montage
diegetic vs non diegetic sound
Diegetic vs. Non-Diegetic Sound
  • Diegetic sound

- It appears to emanate from the action portrayed on the screen,

  • Non-Diegetic Sound

- a soundtrack would presumably not be heard by the characters in the fiction of the portrayed scene

film text
Film Text
  • Film text is a general text, in different situations have different meanings, but there are three major implications: a single system to achieve the unique ideographic text; the performance of a system or code of the non-unique text type, such as the movie version , poems, etc.; for a variety of expressive activities and can refer to the original conditions of production activities in the significance of the text.
characteristics of three movies
Characteristics of Three Movies
  • <<Pushing Hands>> discusses about “Tai Chi”.

- metaphor of an old Chinese culture

  • <<The Wedding Banquet>> discusses about “homosexuality” and Chinese marriage customs.
  • <<Eat Drink Man Woman>> discusses about “cuisine”

Shot Analysis

By: Shawn Shadkam


Shot: Mid Shot

Camera Angle: Eye Level

1st Shot


Shot: Full Shot

Camera Angle: Eye Level

2nd Shot


Camera Angle: Low Angle

Shot: POV

3rd Shot

Transition: Pan Left

saving face
Saving Face

EWS 375

Parallel Film Comparison

Bi: Tina Tien

idiomatic meaning of saving face
Idiomatic meaning of “Saving Face”
  • Face is a sociological concept meaning “dignity and prestige”
  • “Saving face” thus an act to protect a loss of dignity and prestige.
  • Name itself refers to the pan-East Asian social concept of “face”.
brief summary
Brief Summary
  • 2004 American romantic comedy by Alice Wu
  • Focuses on Will, a surgeon, and her relationship with Vivian, a dancer
  • Struggles to help her mother (Ma) who is pregnant, unwed, and shunned by her father and the Chinese-American community
  • To regain her father’s “face”, she must marry a man whom she doesn’t love but the wedding is halted because Will after she finds out that Ma is in love with someone else
summary continued
Summary (continued)
  • Vivian leaves for Paris because she is angry that Will is not comfortable being open about their relationship
  • After three months, Vivian\'s and Wil\'s mothers reunite the two at a party and they end up kissing in front of everyone in the center of the dance floor.
symbols and themes
Symbols and Themes
  • Reputation vs. Individual desires
  • Cultural identity vs. Individual identity
    • Will’s struggle to be a “good daughter” as she is closed-mouthed about her relationship with Vivian
  • Generational conflict
    • Will’s grandmother, Mother and herself as a depiction of 3 generations of Chinese-Americans living in New York
    • Authority vs. Conformity
      • Both are present in The Wedding Banquet and Saving Face
saving face vs the wedding banquet
Saving Face vs The Wedding Banquet



  • Comedy/drama film
  • Cultural clashes and accepting sexual identity
  • Both films show depict the concept of “saving face”
  • Deals with the struggle with meeting cultural and familial obligations while reconciling sexual identity
  • Will and Vivian’s relationship and Simon and Wai-Tang’s are accepted in the end
  • The Wedding Banquet depicts an interracial relationship while Saving Face is of the same race
  • Simon and Wai-Tang try to cover up their relationship while Will eventually confirms with her mom the truth about her identity
my big fat greek wedding
My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Family Lies Guilt Ceremony

Secrets Tradition Culture

Fear Love

Reputation Duty

Kate Dahle

my big fat greek wedding32
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
  • You better get married soon. You\'re starting to look... old! – Gus Portokalos
  • There are three things that every Greek woman must do in life: marry Greek boys, make Greek babies, and feed everyone. –Tula Portokalos
  • If I didn’t let them lie, I’d never have gotten my grandchild. –Mr. Gao


What does Wai Tang do for a living?



Panda Express Manager

2. In the Wise Patriarch Trilogy what was not one of the tensions depicted in the Wedding Banquet?

a. Culture

b. Same Sex Relationship

c. Marriage

d. Career

3. What type of camera angle is used to make the viewer feel small and the character look big and powerful?

Low angle

High angle

Obtuse angle


4. Where does Vivian go after Will is reluctant to be open about their relationship?




Los Angeles

5. What are thing(s) Greek women should do in their life?

Get Married to Greek Boys

Make Greek Babies

Feed Everyone

All of the above

6. Which of the following is not belonging to style of Directing?

A. Montage vs. Long takes

B. Hollywood style

C. Straight style

D. The Brechtian Influence