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…
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…
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…
And thus concludes the short Wong Kar-Wai re-watch of Feb20-Feb21. Days of Being Wild marks the joining of two souls; Wong Kar-Wai and Christopher Doyle, a beautiful companionship that i hope rekindles itself one day. It is also where Kar-Wai finds his footing and voice as an auteur; the clear visual style, the atmosphere, the subtle mood changes, the love for dark knights, neon colours, and stormy weather. It's all here and more.
Thanks to it's poor box office what was planned to be a series became a one off film, which accidentally creates the strangest ending to a Kar-Wai film yet, causing it to end on a silent Tony Leung (who is not in the film prior to this)…
As wonderful as ever. This is probably the fourth time that I've watched it. So here we are again, with Lulu stricken with a love that she cannot get over, a man back in Hong Kong who wishes she would return, a sailor pining for a friend, a mother who finally let go, a woman who by chance decided to try calling a number, and a mysterious man, who possibly rents the flat above the garage of the family of the friend of the bird with no legs who lied and flied until he died.
I’ve now completed the trilogy.. backwards.
I saw 2046 a number of years ago and immediately fell in love with it. Last year, by chance not design, I watched In The Mood for Love knowing that it was Kar Wai Wong, but not knowing it’s connection to 2046. It was only when I saw the room number that it suddenly struck me. I was all smiles! I think I squeaked! After that I discovered that Days Of Being Wild was the first of the loose trilogy. We’ve had it for a while now, and decided to take the plunge this morning. I admit that I had cheated on my rule about reading reviews head of watching it. I limited my…
Why is this poster pink? The whole movie is green! Days of being wild is probably the best title ever.
Ja više ne mogu ovo. :( kako on to radi? :( kako me uspije tako zajebat? :( uzme moje emocije i samo se zajebava s njima KAO DA JE ŽENA :(( ne mogu više. :(
i saznao sam da je leslie cheung pokopan na moj 11. rođendan, zašto mi svijet to radi :( neću više nikad biti sretan
I was meaning to post a review of this film on Valentines Day, but my procrastination begrudgingly got in the way of that... as is often the case. And now, as I look around to my computerized calendar, I realize that is it not the aforementioned day of celebration anymore (or day of envy, for those who posses feelings of bitterness when other people are happy), rather instead, today is just another normal date of existence. Unless of course today is your birthday, and if so then happy birthday to you, my lovely fellow user of Letterboxd.
What's that? Review? Oh yeah, I had one of those someone around here.
Days of Being Wild (you can tell I'm inexperienced because…
El primer encuentro Kar Wai - Doyle, es más como la calma antes de la tormenta.
What’s Love Got To Do With It? No.25
Days of Being Wild is the first part of Wong Kar Wai’s informal trilogy about heartbreak, followed by In The Mood For Love and the 2046. Like the latter, Days of Being Wild is overshadowed due to the critical adoration of In The Mood For Love but in the context of this being part of a trilogy, the film is the beginning of a heartbreak. Unlike those films, it’s a series of vignettes and unlike the other films in his catalog; it comes from the perspective of a character actually breaking their companion’s heart rather than the companion or a character that is a hopeless romantic. These people are heartbroken and deliver…
Wong-Kar Wai is an absolute master of nuanced characterization.
Only two years after the awful debut Wong Kar-Wai apparently had found his winning style. Along with the best score ever a large chunk of the improvement is Christopher Doyle's camera wizardry. The gentle panning and tracking adds a certain life to every scene and really sucks you in. It's striking how well the smooth visuals match the mood of the story.
And the mood is what holds the story together. It is a pretty coherent story but it skips around wildly along a fuzzy timeline. Meanwhile there is a very distinct focus on the more exact value of time. There's an obvious risk of overdoing this kind of thing but it never gets to that point as it is…
Haven't seen this in over 20 years, and I was a huge fan of it back then - was wondering how it would hold up now, after the many many great films Wong Kar-Wai has made since then. It does, and more than I expected. Still beautiful, and now as surprising in its rawness (compared to Wong's later work) as it was once surprising in its artiness (compared to other HK films of the time). He's come a long way, but he's still basically the same at the core, and what he is there is an amazing observer of people, moments, and emotion. Wish the print was better, but it's as good as I've ever seen, I guess.
Perfection by Wong-Kar Wai, needless to say moore. Just a little note as I saw "As tears go by" by the same director but from 1988 where the camera were like the 80´s, dull and insignificant. But in this from 1990 it is fantastic and increases the perception and depthof the movie. Add to that a really great story and a great soundtrack and voilá, one of the best so far from Wong-Kar Wai.
- 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…