Days of Being Wild (A Fei zheng chuan) Reviews

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
December 19, 2006
A dark moody period piece about unrequited love.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
Andy Klein
Los Angeles CityBeat
July 31, 2005
Twelve years after first seeing Days of Being Wild, I'm finally developing some fondness for it.
Jean Lowerison
San Diego Metropolitan
March 12, 2005
The '60s were a time of alienation and sadness, which I suppose Wong was trying to reflect here. But he's chosen characters so monumentally self-destructive that it's difficult to care about them.
John Esther
Pasadena Weekly
March 10, 2005
Unless the film is pure homage, the film lacks authenticity
Luke Y. Thompson
New Times
March 3, 2005
Wong has a reputation for slow-moving mood pieces in which very little happens, but that's not the case here.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
February 28, 2005
Wong's always-striking visual style uses floating, neon colors and extreme angles to emphasize disconnected souls.
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Geoff Pevere
Toronto Star
February 25, 2005
Needless to say a must-see for Wongcolytes, Days of Being Wild is also an excellent entry point for people who haven't yet caught this most exotic and habit-forming of cinematic bugs.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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Carla Meyer
San Francisco Chronicle
February 25, 2005
Every shot is perfectly composed and compelling, with light and shadow manipulated to maximum effect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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John Hartl
Seattle Times
February 18, 2005
It now seems like a promising apprentice work, almost a blueprint for the writer-director's most acclaimed and famous film, In the Mood for Love.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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Ty Burr
Boston Globe
February 18, 2005
There are images in Days that can make your heart stop for no other reason than that they're perfect.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Sean Axmaker
Seattle Post-Intelligencer
February 17, 2005
The languorous atmosphere of longing, disconnection and emotional isolation is hypnotic.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
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Desson Thomson
Washington Post
February 3, 2005
It may have been released in the olden days of 1991, but Wong Kar-Wai's Days of Being Wild remains pulsatingly contemporary.
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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune
January 13, 2005
A triumph of movie pop poetics.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
Tim Cogshell
Boxoffice Magazine
January 7, 2005
A heady mix of sex, obsession, alienation and angst.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Kim Morgan
L.A. Weekly
January 6, 2005
Feels exciting, in part, because you are watching an auteur lay the groundwork -- with an assortment of clocks, watches and meticulously detailed moments -- for ideas and moods he will obsessively follow in later films.
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Andrew Sarris
New York Observer
November 29, 2004
In many ways, Days of Being Wild anticipated the overall pattern of its writer-director- auteur's haunting career.
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John Anderson
Newsday
November 20, 2004
Wong creates a dream state of shifting, stalling, liquid time, a kind of gauzy unreality that made In the Mood for Love so seductive.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
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Manohla Dargis
New York Times
November 18, 2004
A rapturous film about cool men, hot women and the thousand and one nights and cigarettes they share.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor
November 18, 2004
It's inexplicable that Wong's early masterpiece has been virtually absent from American screens since he completed it in 1991.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
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J. Hoberman
Village Voice
November 16, 2004
Arguably this is the key movie in Wong's oeuvre, as startling in its context as Hiroshima Mon Amour and Breathless were in theirs.
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