The Banquet (1991)

5/10 - Disjointed, but fun
Reviewed by Simon on 21 October 2001

Another Tsui Hark comedy about food, although not really a lot of food in this one. Jackie Cheung is a freelance entrepreneur who tries to play Eric Tsang and Sammo Hung off each other in a plot to win a billion dollar contract to rebuild Kuwait from a Kuwaiti prince. In order to convince the prince he's the man, Eric Tsang has to pretend to be a doting son... despite the fact he hasn't visited his father (Richard Ng) in 10 years.

The film was made as a charity piece to raise money for the Chinese flood disaster fund, and according to Andy Lau's intro speech it set new standards for rush film-making. By HK standards that probably means it was made in about 3 days :-) The overall effect is a bit disjointed as every HK star ever makes a cameo appearance somewhere or other, but the main story line actually hangs together fine through this - it's so simple it would have to! It's quite a nice story and there's some good comedy moments. Not a grand production, but recommended for star-spotting if nothing else.

Cast

Eric Tsang
Carol Cheng
Richard Ng
Sammo Hung
Jacky Cheung
Tony Leung Ka-Fai
Rosamund Kwan
George Lam
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
John Shum
Gong Li
Stephen Chiau
Leon Lai
Sally Yeh
Andy Lau
Maggie Cheung
Michael Hui
Ng Man-Tat
Leslie Cheung
Joey Wang
Anita Mui
Aaron Kwok
Anthony Chan
Lau Kar-Leung
Ti Lung
Kara Hui
Yuen Tak
Mars
Teresa Mo
Simon Yam
David Wu (1)
John Woo
Sandra Ng
Ng See-Yuen
Lawrence Ng
Candice Yu
Michelle Reis
Ku Feng
Johnnie To
Lydia Shum
Meg Lam
David Chiang
Wu Fung
Tsui Hark
Teddy Robin
Yuen Cheung-Yan
Fennie Yuen
Tony Leung Siu-Hung
Leung Kar-Yan
Sylvia Chang
Alfred Cheung
Roy Cheung
Nat Chan
Phillip Chan
Monica Chan
Teddy Chen
Karl Maka
Jamie Luk
Karel Wong
Raymond Wong Pak-Ming
Cecilia Wong
Melvin Wong
Ching Siu-Tung
Austin Wai
Kenneth Tsang
Fung Hak-On
Chor Yuen
Gloria Yip
Bill Tung
Maria Cordero
Billy Lau
Lau Siu-Ming
Gordon Liu
Carina Lau
Andy Chin
Chin Kar-Lok
Lowell Lo
Alan Tam

Crew

Director
Joe Cheung
Tsui Hark
Clifton Ko
Alfred Cheung
Writer
Tsui Siu-Ming
Wong Jing
Tsui Hark
Clifton Ko
Gordon Chan
Eric Tsang
Barry Wong
Producer
Ng See-Yuen
John Shum

See also