Don't the title of the list explain it well enough? This is a list of 200+ 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.
apparently filipino trains in the 1960's were very lax in security. heartbreaking film about rejection and loss.
I really enjoyed the bit between the cop and the ticket sales woman. Wish the movie would have been a bit more about that.
"You want to fly off? All right, fly."
Despite being labelled as a "romance", Days of Being Wild seems to lack the heart, purpose and fundamentally the emotion of a film I'd associate with the genre. What this film amounts to is a joyless exploration into almost entirely one-dimensional characters performed by unfortunately a very talented cast, a cast that I wouldn't shy from calling the saving grace of this film.
The opening 20 minutes were rather uncomfortable. They served as a fitting introduction to the character of Yuddy, seeing as he picks up and mistreats two separate girls in that time, but seeing as these opening 20 minutes featured very little backstory and mainly consists of Yuddy's questionable tactics…
The one that really started it all.
A very stylish and cinematic film the fills you with multiple amounts of emotions. This is an interesting examination of, for lack of a better word, one-way-love. We also see some examples of people trying to find their paths in life, or subconsciously avoiding it. This multi-themed beauty hypnotizes and dazzles with its gorgeous shots and very well crafted score, giving this film the fell of wonder and being in limbo while being somewhat amusing and sad. I'm probably going to watch this again tomorrow. I really enjoyed spending time with these characters and I want to see what more I can find, as well as expand on my current analysis. This film is 100% enchanting.
"I used to think there was a kind of bird that, once born, would keep flying until death."
Nobody does romantic nostalgia better than Wong Kar Wai. Supposedly the first part of a loose trilogy that also includes In The Mood for Love and 2046, DOBW is a sensational sophomore effort from Wai. Every element - be it the characters, the acting, the locations, the music, the story, the mood, everything just fits into this film beautifully, even though most of Wai's stories are improvised on spot and there is never a bound screenplay in place. Wai is the man!
Feels more of a piece with In The Mood for Love (or, visually, some of Chris Doyle's movies for people that aren't Wong Kar-Wai) than Chungking, Fallen Angels or Happy Together in the slow and delibrate way it composes it's shots. Every single one of them just dripping with atmosphere (you can FEEL the fucking humidity) and painterly framing. So so much beautiful rain.
Interesting film from Wong Kar Wai. Depending on how you interpret things this might show us an earlier version of Maggie Cheung's character in Wong's later film In the Mood for Love.
Like that other film this is set about 1960, mostly in Hong Kong and the director nails the clothing, products, and music from the era. Even if you knew nothing about the director it would be clear that these two films were made by the same person. In the Mood for Love is a better film, though.
- My Neighbor Totoro
- Grave of the Fireflies
- Final Cut - Ladies & Gentlemen
- For All Mankind
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- Tokyo Story
- The Rules of the Game
- Citizen Kane
- 2001: A Space Odyssey
- The Rules of the Game
- Tokyo Story
Another year, another update. 2012 List can be found here.
The following is a really extensive and great list of…