Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit) (1997)
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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.
Wong doesn't show us any of the sparks that can still be struck between lovers who argue constantly.
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.
Sexy, spiky love story.
Audience Reviews for Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit)
Garishly beautiful but frustratingly same-y WKW chamber piece. Happy Together has hardly a whisper of plot and I found myself drifting. Felt like a two hour Suntory ad.
Music and waterfall sequence were cool.
Beautifully filmed, cast are great, but painfully, painfully slow. Also NOT a romantic film, as the title would have you believe!
After have watched "Chungking Express" and "2046", I could understand the disappointment of Kar Wai Wongīs fans with "My Blueberry Nights". Itīs nice and I enjoyed it myself, but now, having watched "Hapy Together", I can ask it too: what happened? Maybe it was the west wind, who knows? or the too-famous-actors, but it just doesnīt have the depth, tragedy and beauty of these other movies.
"Happy Together" (donīt get tricked by the title) is an authentic Wai Wong love story with its ups and downs. Buenos Aires was the perfect choice to place the relationship of the two chinese men lovers as desperate and sensual as el tango Argentino. Homosexuality is not the main point and it is, actually, never judged. Everything is very natural and beautiful, quite different from Brokeback Mountain, for example. The characters are real, interesting, and the movie has that known Wai Wong stunned "atmosphere" with hot colours and decadent places.
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