- Rated: Unrated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 19, 2004
- Originally Released: 1990
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.78
- (unspecified) - Chinese/Cantonese
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers: Wong Kar Wai Films
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Stills/Photos: Gallery
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Sight and Sound - 12/01/1994
"...Already widely accepted as a modern classic....A landmark in Hong Kong cinema..."
New York Times - 03/23/1991
"...An elliptical melodrama....[DAYS OF BEING WILD] proves that there is life and energy left in avant-garde film making..."
Film Comment - 11/01/1991
"...DAYS OF BEING WILD is an intimate film about lost youth, with an undertow of sensuality in the images....Wong Kar-Wei is a real discovery, a major artist..."
Los Angeles Times - 01/07/2005
"The director's unique brand of cynical romanticism is clearly on display....His films are more powerful and rewarding with multiple viewings."
DAYS OF BEING WILD is the film that started it all for auteur art film director Wong Kar Wai, exhibiting many of the preoccupations and devices that would characterize his work throughout his career until the present time. The precise, almost melodic slowness of the pacing is reflective of the existential conundrum in which the characters are mired, offsetting the random, fleeting nature of the glimpses of love they are afforded. The first film in Wong's oeuvre that is a product of his happy alliance with cinematographer Christopher Doyle, it is a film of chance, the persistence and terrifying weight of time and memory, and the fortuitous accident that passes for love.
Leslie Cheung stars as Yuddy, a vain, sexually predatory orphan whose mother abandoned him with her prostitute sister when he was very young; today, he lackadaisically searches for his birth mother while living his layabout lifestyle funded by his put-upon aunt. He approaches Lai (Maggie Cheung), a snack bar clerk, who rejects him but is haunted by Yuddy's classic line that they were friends for exactly one minute on that exact date; although realizing that he will never care for her she continues to pine for him, turning for solace to a cop (Andy Lau) who duly falls in love with her. Yuddy moves on to Mimi (Carina Lau), a beautiful cabaret dancer who is ultimately unable to maintain her tough facade when she falls for Yuddy; her vulnerability draws in Yuddy's best friend (Jackie Cheung), who idolizes him and is rejected by Mimi. The soap-opera quality of this web of love serves to illustrate the uncontrollable nature of emotions and the fact that they are governed by coincidence, underscoring the rather bleak existentialism of the film. However, the humanity depicted in the actors' stunning performances, and the dreamlike nature of the sequences that effect the impression of memory, redeem the seemingly unredeemable characters.
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