The Banquet (1991 film)

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The Banquet
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The Banquet VHS cover
Traditional 豪門夜宴
Simplified 豪门夜宴
Mandarin Háo Mén Yè Yàn
Cantonese Hou4 Mun4 Je6 Jin3
Directed by Alfred Cheung
Joe Cheung
Clifton Ko
Tsui Hark
Starring Eric Tsang
Richard Ng
Carol Cheng
Sammo Hung
John Shum
Andy Lau
Leslie Cheung
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Jacky Cheung
Aaron Kwok
Leon Lai
Rosamund Kwan
Maggie Cheung
Anita Mui
Carina Lau
Gong Li
Joey Wong
George Lam
Alan Tam
Stephen Chow
Michael Hui
Music by Lowell Lo
Cinematography Li Jianqiang
Horace Wong
Andrew Lau
David Chung
Peter Pau
Edited by Shao Feng
Jin Ma
David Wu
Marco Mak
Release dates
  • 30 November 1991 (1991-11-30)
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese

The Banquet (Chinese: 豪門夜宴; Haomen yeyan; literally "Rich and Powerful Family Evening Banquet"), also known as Party of a Wealthy Family, is a 1991 Hong Kong comedy film. It was quickly filmed for a Hong Kong flood relief charity, after the Yangtze River flooded in July of that year, killing over 1,700 people and displacing many more in the eastern and southern regions of mainland China.[1]

A large ensemble of actors and crew (including multiple directors and cinematographers) worked on the film, many in supporting roles and cameos. The principal star is Eric Tsang.

Plot[edit]

Developer Tsang Siu-Chi (Eric Tsang) and his agent (Jacky Cheung) have bought two of a group of four properties. Rival developer, Boss Hung (Sammo Hung) has secured the other two properties. Both aim to buy all four so they can knock them down and build hotels.

The agent learns that billionaire Kuwaiti Prince Allabarba (George Lam) is due to arrive in Hong Kong and advises Tsang that they could dupe him in order to gain a billion dollar contract. The prince's father has recently died and the prince bitterly regrets that he wasn't a good son.

The agent tells Tsang that he should make a show of the positive relationship he has with his father, to impress the prince. Unfortunately, Tsang has not seen his father (Richard Ng) for 10 years. Along with his wife (Carol Cheng) and his sycophantic assistant (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), Tsang heads off to bring his father back. When they meet up, Tsang pretends to have cancer to convince his father to come home, along with his sister (Rosamund Kwan) and her husband (Tony Leung Ka Fai).

Tsang throws a banquet to impress the prince, pretending that it is also a birthday party for his father. However, it has all been a ploy by the agent, who has secretly been working for Boss Hung.

Cast[edit]

Almost 100 well-known Hong Kong actors appeared in the film, many of them in cameo roles. The core cast consists of:

The character of Father Tsang has a number of staff, including a sword expert, Master Lau / Uncle Nine (Lau Kar-leung), a servant (Kara Hui), two English teachers (Eric Kot and Jan Lamb), a make-up artist Mak (Karl Maka) and a body language expert / gigolo (Simon Yam).

Tsang Siu-Chu has a daydream about the banquet, in which his imagined self is played by Leslie Cheung, with Aaron Kwok as his brother, and the imagined Prince Allabarba is played by Alan Tam. He also fantasises that a stream of attractive actresses including Anita Mui, Sally Yeh, Sylvia Chang, Angie Chiu and Gong Li attend the meal. These are followed by leading Hong Kong actors including Anthony Chan Yau, Stephen Chow and Michael Hui (accompanied by Maria Cordero). All of these actors play themselves in the dream sequence, and some return in additional roles at the actual banquet.

At the actual banquet, Tsang's staff include cooks Leon Lai and Ng Man Tat, servants Meg Lam and Wong Wan-Si, and waiting staff May Lo Mei-Mei, Sandra Ng, Fennie Yuen, Ti Lung and Kenneth Tsang.

Guests at the banquet include David Chiang, Tony Ching, Ku Feng, Carina Lau, Lee Hoi San, Loletta Lee, Waise Lee, Maggie Cheung, Bryan Leung, Mars, Lawrence Ng, Barry Wong, Johnnie To, Melvin Wong, John Woo, Pauline Yeung, Gloria Yip, Chor Yuen, Tai Chi Squadron, Yuen Cheung Yan, Mimi Zhu and the band members of Grasshopper.

The band performing at the banquet are played by Paul Wong, Wong Ka Kui, Wong Ka Keung and Yip Sai Wing.

Further roles include Teresa Mo and Andy Lau as TV presenters, with Teddy Robin Kwan, Wan Chi Keung and Billy Lau as soccer players. Philip Chan and Anglie Leung play a pair of cops, chasing a thief played by Tommy Wong. Additional cameos include Josephine Koo as a photographer, James Wong as a food vendor, David Wu as a jogger, Lowell Lo as a cab driver, and Mars (actor) as an unknown role.

Box office[edit]

The film grossed HK $21.92 million in Hong Kong.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Banquet". Review. www.HKCuk.co.uk. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 
  2. ^ "The Banquet". Database entry. Hong Kong Cinemagic. Retrieved 2007-09-11. 

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