Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit) (1997)
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Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift. A disillusioned Yiu-Fai starts working at a tango bar to save up for his trip home. When a beaten and bruised Po-Wing reappears, Yiu-Fai is empathetic but is unable to enter a more intimate relationship. After all, Po-Wing is not ready to settle down. Yiu-Fai now works in a Chinese restaurant and meets the youthful Chang from Taiwan. Yiu-Fai's life
Oct 17, 1997 Wide
Jun 22, 1999
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A take-no-prisoners movie from one of Hong Kong's most idiosyncratic, shoot-from-the-hip filmmakers that's the very antithesis of sentimental gay love stories.
You don't watch this film as much as grab on to it. Letting it jerk you every which way is a jangly but interesting ride.
Were Kerouac, William Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg alive today, and able to see what Wong has done here ... they'd be thrilled and invigorated.
... casts a spell of hyper-reality and immediacy softened by the longing and melancholy of the narration and music.
A step in a new direction for the very stylish and always fascinating Hong Kong director.
When they are together, they are miserable and constantly bicker; when they are apart, they mope around, wallowing in their lonely sadness.
Moody account of lovers in Buenos Aires
A vibrant, painful, and deeply nostalgic "wish you were(n't) here" from two uprooted immigrants yearning for emotional security, for their homeland, and for each other.
Possibly Wong Kar-Wai's best film, playing probing variations on the theme of strained companionship.
Through its stunning imagery, it creates an intimate visual essay about the mood swings of a love affair.
... creative visuals that offer insights into character that linger long after seeing the film, all with the power to touch the heart
Never is the narrative interesting and rarely are the characters the least bit compelling.
Never as engaging or heartfelt as it should be, mainly because the erratic plotting scuppers possible involvement with the characters.
Yet another (over)extended rock video masquerading as an Asian art film from Hong Kong's shade-laden king of cool.
Visually unusual and rather hypnotic.
Working past a romance that burns out, the film affirms other, simple bonds that give strong sustenance.
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