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Days of Being Wild
The movie is set in Hong Kong and the Philippines in 1960. Yuddy, or 'York' in English, is a playboy in Hong Kong and is well-known for stealing girls' hearts and breaking them. His first victim is Li Zhen who suffered emotional and mental depression as a result of Yuddy's wayward attitude. Li Zhen eventually seeks much-needed solace from a sympathetic policeman named Tide.
“ I’ve heard there’s a kind of bird with no legs. All it can do is fly and fly. And when it gets tired it sleeps on the wind. This bird can only land once in its whole life.”
Nothing describes better the series of beautiful films that Wong Kar-wai has made than this piece of poetic philosophy. When you, I or anybody experience the sheer magic of these works and then take a moment to understand what it has all been about, the result of a careful observance would be the enlightenment of the flightless bird.
We are all flightless birds who go through the motions of life waiting all the while for the indescribable enigma of the elusive…
Having seen and loved 2046 and In the Mood for Love, I was excited about finally seeing the first of the trilogy. I expected it to be good, but not as good as the other two. Well, it turns out I was right, but just barely.
Wong Kar-Wai is the master of loneliness and longing. No one does it better. It is not the easiest thing to film, this inner life, but he does it brilliantly. One of his ways is to show rain. He doesn't use rain in that typical way where the character is looking out the window at the bleakness of it all. He doesn't do it to set a tone or a mood. He does it…
There is a danger in not letting things go. In holding onto love (or its emotional siblings) past the expiration date until it spoils. It turns sour. It rots. It starts to change the meaning of love from the inside out for the person who won't give up the ghost. As much of a bum York is, he's a victim of this decay through his thwarted attempts to find his birth parents, and it's catching. Li Zhen and Mimi both find themselves in the quarantine zone at different times. In the end, the sickness gets York, and we're left to wonder if the same fate awaits Mimi and Li Zhen (or did Li Zhen take the antidote in time thanks…
What a Wonderful World Challenge Film #2
My third film by Wong Kar-Wai (Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love), and it is a testament to his outrageous talent that this would rank as my least favorite of the three. The man has an amazing ability to really bring out the humanity in the human beings his camera studies, with every frame exuding an authenticity that removes the idea of the subjects on screen merely being actors playing characters. From what I have seen during my three experiences with his work, while he deals with the loneliness and depression that can be associated with relationships, I also sense a tenderness and decency to the people he films and the…
Film #3 of Project 90
”16th... April the 16th. At one minute before 3pm on April the 16th, 1960, you're together with me. Because of you, I'll remember that one minute. From now on, we're friends for one minute. This is a fact, you can't deny. It's done.”
The story of people who can’t experience a pleasurable romantic relationship with spiritual gains seems to fascinate Wong Kar-Wai, like his In the Mood for Love (which sadly I wasn’t able to adore) here he portrays people who suffer from not being able to enjoy their relationships with each other, people who seem to be in a vicious cycle of human relationships where whatever they do to make things better only makes…
It is difficult to explain the experience of watching a Wong Kar-Wai film. It's like finding yourself inside a melancholy dream that, despite making you sad, you don't want to wake up from. His films seem to clutch longingly for something, some indescribable element of human relationships, that can sometimes be touched, but remains forever just out of reach. Being an early work, Days of Being Wild may not be as perfectly realized as some of his more recent films, but it is a crucial part of his filmography and lays the foundation for later masterpieces In the Mood for Love and 2046.
i was really excited about watching it since i've already watched it's sequel In The Mood For Love (which is one of my favorites!!!) but for me it didn't really click, its a much darker position on the matter of love, it all felt really cold and sad to me, and not in a good way, but the color arrangement fits right in the film. it's worth a watch.
also i felt really bad in some scenes where the guy really treats a girl real bad, like forcing a kiss (sexual assault) or slapping her face.
"I've heard that there's a kind of bird without legs that can only fly and fly, and sleep in the wind when it is tired. The bird only lands once in its life... that's when it dies."
"I used to think there was a kind of bird that, once born, would keep flying until death. The fact is that the bird hasn't gone anywhere. It was dead from the beginning."
Inherent and sublime. Beautiful and enchanting. Togetherness and loneliness. Funnily charming.
Wong Kar-wai did it again. He did me again. He balances his own elements in a way everything seems as the perfect example of substantial narrative. His characters, dancing, give me a great satisfaction. Leslie Cheung's face makes…
Leslie Cheung is one cool mofo. You know he’s loaded with swagger.
Interesting visuals and color composition along with nice direction make up for the story's coherency problems.
My only problem with this one is that I dislike all characters
Kar-Wai's aesthetic is here and bold as always, but it's his use of characterization that stuns me. christ, this is the guy who made this thing, and yet he still surprises me with the emotions he can capture. absolutely fresh, drowning in simplicity and boiling in universality.
É uma Kar-Wai menor, sem dúvida nenhuma. Um filme lúgubre, que aposta em seu tom - e este sustentado pelo ótimo elenco - em lugar da trama, algo que Wong Kar-Wai fez frequentemente em sua filmografia. O resultado, porém, não é tão inspirado quanto em outros filmes do homem: a trama - mesmo que secundária - é tão perdida quanto seus personagens e chega ao ponto de ficar desinteressante depois de tanto dar suas voltas. Nem mesmo a estética do diretor, vale ressaltar que também menos inspirada em comparação aos seus outros filmes, me conseguiu trazer de volta um genuíno interesse em relação aos personagens depois de, um a um, eu os ter perdido. Dias Selvagens tem bons momentos sim,…
"i remember what should be remembered" UGH wong kar-wai is too good for this world
also maggie cheung is sooo cute in this movie and if it had only been about her character it would've been a 5/5 probably. as it is it has great moments but i wasn't that interested in the main character
I've finally completed Wong Kar-wai's "Informal Trilogy" in such a weird sequence: In the Mood for Love, 2046 and now Days of Being Wild.
If I've said that In The Mood for Love will make you feel exactly just that and 2046 would make you in the mood for heartbreaks then Days of Being Wild will give you the mood to be just that—wild.
Days of Being Wild is only Kar-wai's second film and it both shows his infancy but also how he shaped his identity as a director as well as his characters, some of which have regularly appeared throughout the Informal Trilogy.
Leslie Cheung plays the young and charismatic but emotionally unstable, York who is a womanizer. Cheung,…
Great 60-90 min films (for those days when you just don't have the energy to watch a 3 hour masterpiece)
Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
From his book Essential Cinema.
A huge thanks to everyone who added films, helped me find films with alternate titles,…