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.
Αυτός, οι γυναίκες γύρω του, οι εξαρτήσεις αυτών μαζί του, το ένα λεπτό της αιωνιότητας...όλα αυτά σε μια ξεχασμένη στο παρελθόν (και τόσο μακριά από το 2046) εποχή "των ημερών που ήμασταν άγριοι "
the first film chris doyle worked with wong kar wait on, and boy, it shows. the fight scene is a great of example of doyle's kinetic photography. this film doesn't ever reach the heights of the perfect 'in the mood for love', but is still similarly moody. the kind of movie you sit in and dream in rather than simply watch. the use of music in this movie is great like every wong kar wai film---the editing combines with the music to create a sensory high in certain sequences.
Leslie Cheung walks in, his shoes clicking on the ground. He heads to a cooler of Coca-Cola and opens a bottle. You hear the fizzing of the soda. He turns around, a cigarette in his mouth, and asks Maggie Cheung her name. She stands there clinking those glass cola bottles, trying not to notice him. He tells her that he'll be in her dreams tonight. She stands there stunned. Immediately, we cut to an aqua infused tracking shot of palm trees as a tropical-sounding song plays.
That's the opening to one of the most beautiful films I've ever seen. I don't know if there is an opening that's as powerful as that. Few films come to mind. Yet, this film…
My first Wong Kar Wai film and I really liked the style of the whole thing, and some of the music was very good. However, overall the whole tone of the film is sort of flat and while it was interesting to watch it didn't have any spectacular moments, just a lot of good ones. Worth a watch, and I'm excited to check out more of Wong's films.
My least favorite Wong Kar-Wai film, but you can see his style blossoming in this one.
Una maravilla estilística, puro cine. El ritmo que le impone el director, mas la banda sonora y el montaje la hacen parecer una ensoñación. Lo único que como tiene un montaje tan chacal y como que los filipinos a los ojos de un chileno(yo) tienden a parecerse, con una botella de vino, se confunden los personajes.
Looks like I saw a poor quality version of this which I didn't realise until part way through watching, so probably not the best way to decide how much I like it.
The fact that it's so far down the list doesn't mean I didn't like it - I very much did, but it's clear that the director is putting down his mark, and that better is yet to come.
If there's anyone who truly captures the loneliness of human existence, with or without a partner to share it with, it's Wong Kar-Wai. His movies are Loneliness in High Definition, the stories and dialogue as real as day-to-day existence. While his characters' solitude seems otherworldly, almost to the point of extreme melodrama, you know you've been there before. This is why, instead of wanting to yell at them to get their shit together and just forget their problems, you sympathize with them instead. And who can blame that?
While Days of Being Wild is still rough around the edges, it's still very indicative of the style Wong Kar-Wai will eventually adopt in later movies. The story starts right away without…
the textures, the textiles...
- 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…