The Banquet (1991)

Plot: Wealthy property director – Tsang Siu-Chi (Eric Tsang) and his contractor Jacky (Jacky Cheung) managed to buy two of four property’s. When he buy’s all four he plans on knocking them down and replacing them with a grand hotel. Yet his arch rival Hung Tai-Po (Sammo Hung) managed to buy the last two. Both developers wanting to make this grand hotel, they decide to agree on a 50/50 purpose.

When returning home Jacky lets in on a scheme which could land them a nice one billion dollars. The prince of kuwait, Allabarba (George Lam) is coming to Hong Kong to look for a tender for his properties there. Jacky has also done his research, the prince was a menace when he was young never paying attention to his father until after his passing, now he deeply regrets anytime he missed with his father. Now Jacky’s plan for Tsang is to show the prince the strong relationship between him and his father!

The only problem is that Tsang hasn’t seen his father for over ten years. Tsang goes off to find his father with his snobby wife (Carol Cheng), they soon find out that he is living with Tsang’s sister, Gigi (Rosamund Kwan) and her husband (Tony Leung Ka-Fai). Tsang tries to sway father Tsang (Richard Ng) to come live with them, but he refuses as he loves his simple life.

Tsang then pull’s out the big guns and plea’s for his father to stay with him since that he only haves a month and a half to live. yes, he’s got cancer! As you can expect the big guns convinced father Tsang to go home with Tsang and his Wife.

Tsang plans to throw a big banquet for the Prince and make it out to be a birthday party for his father too!

When everything seems to be going to plan, we find out that Jacky is secretly working for Hung Tai-Po and he’s going to help him convince to sign the contract over to him instead of Tsang…

Review: With enough stars to think you’ve been hit by a mallet. The Banquet was made in benefit of the flood victims in China in ’91. The movie has the most surprisingly largest amount of cameo/guest appearances we’ll probably ever see in a movie. Now the list I mention bellow is all of the actors I KNOW, there’s is probably 20-30 actors/actresses I’ve missed out on or didn’t recognize, so sorry if I missed out your fav.

Guest Appearances, well we have Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as Eric Tsang’s personal assistant. In reflection of Tony Leung we have producer John Shum as Sammo Hung’s personal assistant.

Appearances as Father Tsang’s expert’s include; Liu Chia-Liang and Kara Hui as Chinese Sword experts. Eric Kot and Jan Lam teach Father Tsang English. Karl Maka makes an appearance as a make up expert for Father Tsang. Simon Yam makes an appearance as some sort of body language expert.

Another celebrity filled moment is where Tsang Siu-Chi has a day dream about the people attending his banquet at first we get some dazzling actresses such as Anita Mui, Sally Yeh and Sylvia Chiang. As the list continues we see Anthony Chan, Michael Hui, Stephen Chow, Gong Li and we even get Alan Tam make an appearance as the prince Allabraba. Heck Tsang even imaging himself as Leslie Cheung!

Other general appearances include Ng Man-Tat, Aaron Kwok, Leon Lai, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Joey Wong, Teresa Mo, Phillip Chan, Kenneth Tsang, Bill Tung, Lydia Shum, Carina Lau, James Wong Jim, Turtle Wong, Waise Lee, Chin Kar-Lok, Ti Lung, Sandra Ng, May Lo, Lau Siu-Ming, Nat Chan, Wu Fong, Tommy Wong, David Chiang, Leung Ka-Yan, Billy Lau, Teddy Robin, Lowell Lo.

Now after mentioning all that I’m exhausted!

Final Thoughts, a nice movie, some funny moments and enough celeb’s to keep everyone happy. Enjoy!

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