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Days of Being Wild1990

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  • 4.3
In his first hypnotic backward glance at Hong Kong in 1960, Wong Kar-Wai creates a post-modern LA RONDE set in a fluorescent labyrinth of cool desperation and unfulfilled need. Against the echoing rhythms of period rumbas, DAYS OF BEING WILD tracks a half dozen characters through their individual searches for intimate connection. Collaborating for the first time with cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Wong Kar-Wai's restless visual imagination decorates this dreamlike fable with characteristic muted extravagance. DAYS OF BEING WILD offers an intoxicating cocktail of lush nostalgia and bitter alienation equaled only by Wong Kar-Wai's subsequent films. Star-crossed Asian film icon Leslie Cheung plays Luddy, a devastatingly handsome Hong Kong lothario who seduces and forsakes women without compunction. Abandoned at birth, Luddy's self-destructive search for love is really a Quixotic quest for a feeling of permanence and a sense of identity. When Luddy beguiles lovely shop girl Su Lizen, he unknowingly sets in motion a sequence of broken hearts and unremembered promises that climaxes in naked obsession, inadvertent self-discovery and shocking violence. In possibly her most engaging performance, Maggie Cheung invests Su Lizen with ethereal beauty and street level vulnerability. With a supporting cast of Hong Kong cinema notables, including Andy Lau as Su's policeman confessor, and frequent Wong collaborator Tony Leung, DAYS OF BEING WILD's visionary audacity and deep romantic conviction sustains and rewards multiple viewings.

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Interwoven threads of unrequited, fleeting love shown in lots of gorgeous, wildly romantic and nostalgic blue-green half-shadowed scenes. You can’t take your eyes off the four handsome leads, especially in the many intimate, voyeuristic close ups which sometimes have a chiseled, silver-screen ambiance.

The shift in the last third of the movie and the resolution seemed out of place to me with the first two-thirds and kept me from liking this as much as In the Mood For Love or Chungking Express.

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Interwoven threads of unrequited, fleeting love shown in lots of gorgeous, wildly romantic and nostalgic blue-green half-shadowed scenes. You can’t take your eyes off the four handsome leads, especially in the many intimate, voyeuristic close ups which sometimes have a chiseled, silver-screen ambiance.

The shift in the last third of the movie and the resolution seemed out of place to me with the first two-thirds and kept me from liking this as much as In the Mood For Love or Chungking Express.

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Beautiful love story on so many levels & i love Maggie Cheung. it's beautifully shot & the timing is excellent the bit about the one minute love is wonderful

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Leslie Cheung's acting is phenomenal, as is Maggie Cheung's. Tony Leung's portrayal of the solitary cop is very moving. The general atmosphere and mood, the soundtrack, the pathos, all combine to create a stunning film. Some of the editing is abrupt and the film doesn't fit together completely seamlessly but it's truly excellent, nonetheless.

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One of my all time favorite films. Also one of the few films I have watched multiple times. The mood of the film is very nostalgic and bitter sweet. Maggie Cheung is beautiful in it.

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This is one of the best movies ever made.

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High melodrama.

This is one of my favorite Wong Kar-Wai movies (but then, they're all my favorites). It just pulls you in right from the first minute. This film also sets up certain motifs that will recur in future WKW works (like Godard, an inspiration of his, WKW likes to reference himself). It forms the first of an informal WKW trilogy: Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love, and 2046.

Watch this just for the legendary Leslie Cheung. Haunting soundtrack, lush, colorful visuals, wistful, moody, infinitely quotable dialogue, beautiful people, all you can expect from a WKW movie. This is the true story of a hooligan.

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