Doesn't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of hight quality "short" films. Easy…
Days of Being Wild
The movie is set in Hong Kong and the Philippines in 1960. Yuddy, or 'York' in English (Leslie Cheung), is a playboy in Hong Kong and is well-known for stealing girls' hearts and breaking them. His first victim is Li Zhen (Maggie Cheung) 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 (Andy Lau). Their near-romance is often hinted at but never materialises.
“ 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.
That rating makes me feel bad. But this movie never grabbed me; formally or emotionally. It made me appreciate what a quantum leap Chungking Express was for Wong, but this film's various strands just lie there on-screen. This is 99.9% an MP, and hopefully I'll check this out again if/when it gets a blu-ray upgrade because the DVD is truly horrid. Can't all be world-beaters.
Wong Kar Wai, con un' ottima padronanza e delicatezza formale, parla d'amore, della sua disperata ricerca, del tempo e delle distanze; in una pellicola che condensa diversi generi precipitando in una significativa notte (presente per quasi tutto il film) gli insofferenti protagonisti, in balia di una profonda solitudine. Sontuosa la fotografia di Christopher Doyle e notevole la prova del cast.
A film which has been on the radar for ages. A lot of what we know now of as Kar-Wai's trademarks. Neon drenched visuals, abrupt changes of perspective, a pall of doomed romanticism hanging over the whole thing. But not, in my opinion, quite of the standard that he went on to achieve.
try and rewatch sometime, wasn't in the right mood
The greatness of Wong Kar-Wai is certainly foreshadowed in Days of Being Wild, but I ultimately found his sophomore feature to be a dull affair. I've damn near loved everything that the man has produced, so it is fascinating to catch a glimpse of the legend in his embryonic state. Kar-Wai's evolution as a storyteller and a visual technician from Days of Being Wild to 1994's Chungking Express is a marvel to behold.
Watched for Letterboxd Season Challenge 2015-16
Week 25: Chinese Week
I loved In the Mood for Love and I knew that this was the beginning of an informal trilogy, but I somehow never got around to this. The Letterboxd Challenge paved way for it. After immediately watching this movie, I read up a lot of stuff regarding this movie on the internet. Several analyses, themes, reviews, etc. I found it a very intriguing and soulful movie, something that Wong Kar-wai is quite adept that doing. While I was among the minority who did not like The Grandmaster, I still think that he is one of the few people who can capture loneliness on screen. His characters are usually heart-broken, adrift…
Wong Kar Wai built on Days Of Being Wild's successes later in his career with masterpieces like Chungking Express and In The Mood For Love, but the movie nevertheless provides an amazing early insight into the director's striking, deeply felt pop style that he would soon hone into a unique cinematic genius.
Broken Hearts Club 1960
Looks fantastic, no plot. Yep, Wong Kar Wai's a hipster;
The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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