As Tears Go By (1988)
Average Rating: 6.8/10
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Average Rating: 6.9/10
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Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai makes his feature film debut with this gritty romantic crime-drama inspired by Scorsese's Mean Streets. The film opens with young gangster Wah (Andy Lau) getting a visit for the day from his beautiful cousin Ah-Ngor (Maggie Cheung), who is coming into Kowloon from the remote outlying Lantau island to receive medical treatment for a lung condition. At first, the short-fused gangster and the quiet country girl have little in common, but gradually the two start to form
Dec 31, 1989 Wide
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This sounds like a fairly standard debut. But Wong smothers the story with tremendous style.
As Tears Go By doesn't measure up to Wong's later classics, such as In the Mood for Love (2000) and Chungking Express (1994), but it shows a master in the making.
Unpersuasive as drama, Tears is the first and last Wong movie touched by any feel of the obligatory.
Long before Wong Kar-wai perfected his dreamy, ennui-infused aesthetic (or got hopelessly stuck in blueberry goo), he made a name for himself with this warhorse tale of small-time hoods on the road to ruin.
Ostensibly a conventional tale of triad loyalty, As Tears Go By announced the presence of a genuine Hong Kong new wave -- as well as an ambitious cineaste.
A rich and kinetic portrait of the Hong Kong underworld and its system of pseudo-familial relationships and obligations
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