since I'm in a complete Assayas mood, here are his favourite films that I've taken from a couple sources (top…
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.
Not quite as epic as Wong's films that follow but definitely shows signs that he would become the great director he is regarded as today. Wong captures human beings like no other. This film would also start the beautiful partnership between Kar-wai and Christopher Doyle. Not Doyle's best work either but there's glimpses of the raw gorgeousness he is so well known for.
It's no Chungking Express or In the Mood for Love but it's still pretty damn good at the same time!
think this is the beginning of a beautiful intrigue/infatuation with wong kar-wai. everyone misses each other, none of the connections are made and yet all the scenes are (pretty much) kept between two people, in close contact. like droplets of intensity but at the end like nah, no fruition of any of it
Mazāk krāšņs kā "In The Mood For Love" un "2046", bet tas arī it kā saprotami. Šis ir pirmais darbs slavenajā triloģijā.
Viss jau par to pāšu - kā mīlestība atnāk un aiziet. Kā smejies - mīlestība ir mūžiga, tikai partneri mainās.
Skaties un meklē sasaiti ar nākamājām daļām.
Not as visually arresting as Wong Kar-Wai's later films, but still signs of a very competent film-making who can craft strong character-driven stories. There's a sweet love story hidden under the male bravado.
"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."
Watching a Wang Kar Wai film is like getting drunk over a heartbreak. You promise being strong and independent as you start sipping down your favorite brandy, maybe laugh and giggle at random jokes but as the intoxication mixes with your blood you start getting delusional, you start getting annoyed, sad and even violent until off-course tears roll-down your cheek and you are left gasping for more of the lovely aesthetic that were promised in the first place.
Days of Being Wild is not a masterpiece, but it slips under time lapses, ticks onto your membrane like a broken clock and finally flies away leaving you is splits. It's astonishing how such sad stories have been presented with magnetic beauty.
You can feel the humidity of melancholy summer nights and sense the fatalistic but untragic vibe the characters give off.
one of the best films of the 90s
Solid precursor to a much better film. Maybe would've liked this more if my expectations were different. I do plan on rewatching at some point.
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…
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