As Tears Go By

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Movie Info

Love for a distant relative causes a Chinese gangster (Andy Lau) to consider leaving the triad.

Cast & Crew

Kau Lam
Uncle Ba
Alex Man
Tony
Ronald Wong
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Ching Wai
Uncle Kwan
To-Hoi Kong
Fat Carl
Kar-Wai Wong
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Critic Reviews for As Tears Go By

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (9) | Rotten (2)

  • Some of the editing has a giddy, overeager quality, the natural excess of a young prodigy, but when the action and the tempo align, the results are exhilarating: an early brawl in a pool hall fairly leaps off the screen.

    January 30, 2014 | Full Review…
  • This sounds like a fairly standard debut. But Wong smothers the story with tremendous style.

    August 22, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    May 2, 2008 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • Unpersuasive as drama, Tears is the first and last Wong movie touched by any feel of the obligatory.

    May 2, 2008 | Rating: 2.5/5
  • 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.

    April 30, 2008 | Rating: 4/6

    David Fear

    Time Out
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  • 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.

    April 30, 2008

Audience Reviews for As Tears Go By

  • Nov 25, 2008
    Wong Kar Wai's Promising debut
    Arash X Super Reviewer
  • Feb 25, 2008
    Great first effort by Wong Kar Wai
    Anthony V Super Reviewer
  • Jan 06, 2008
    This film uses the era it was made to it's full advantage. It's actually a really interesting romance/gangster film, something I'd assume could only come out of Hong Kong. It definetly has one of the most intense street torture scenes I've seen.
    Patrick D Super Reviewer
  • Dec 02, 2006
    This is Wong Kar-Wai's debut from 1988. Starring Maggie Cheung and Andy Lau. Fiited with typical 80's ambiant soundtrack and two narrtives told. Being a wong Kar Wai fan I've tried to watch all of his movies over the past couple of months, this has to be incredibly different to the others I've watched. For one thing I haven't watched A Wai film with a gangster feel to it. It was a little odd to start with but for me it did feel realistic and probably very typical to Hong Kong in the 1980's, so, Wai diffently makes a stament there. I enjoyed the hard reality of this gangster feel. I mean when watched Hollywood gangster film I don't usually feel that I can't watch what's going on on screen as it just seems very typical. What Wai does well in his debut is that the violence seems very realistic and not delibertly done in such a wy that is for Hollywood and looses the realism. Naturally there's no Chistopher Doyle's cinemtography in this film as it was his first but the cinempatography isn't bad but not great. Hand-held camera was used a lot so you felt like you were there in the film. Unfortunatly what the movie falls up upon is the love story betwwen Andy Lau's character and Maggie Cheung's. To me it does seem a bit pointless. First of alll it just doesn't seem particularly geuined, almost like a fling but perhaps it could have meant to be that what or not; I just didn't understand that bit. Some of the characters I couldn't figure out, Andy Lau had a brother then he apprently has another younger one- too confusing. Asides that, this is a good debut for the then 30 year old Wong Kar Wai you can diffently seen potential in this film. Overall worth the watch if you're a Wong Kar Wai fan, just don't expect anything outstanding as In The Mood For Love.
    Sarah G Super Reviewer

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