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, 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.
My only problem with this one is that I dislike all characters
Kar-Wai's aesthetic is here and bold as always, but it's his use of characterization that stuns me. christ, this is the guy who made this thing, and yet he still surprises me with the emotions he can capture. absolutely fresh, drowning in simplicity and boiling in universality.
É uma Kar-Wai menor, sem dúvida nenhuma. Um filme lúgubre, que aposta em seu tom - e este sustentado pelo ótimo elenco - em lugar da trama, algo que Wong Kar-Wai fez frequentemente em sua filmografia. O resultado, porém, não é tão inspirado quanto em outros filmes do homem: a trama - mesmo que secundária - é tão perdida quanto seus personagens e chega ao ponto de ficar desinteressante depois de tanto dar suas voltas. Nem mesmo a estética do diretor, vale ressaltar que também menos inspirada em comparação aos seus outros filmes, me conseguiu trazer de volta um genuíno interesse em relação aos personagens depois de, um a um, eu os ter perdido. Dias Selvagens tem bons momentos sim,…
"i remember what should be remembered" UGH wong kar-wai is too good for this world
also maggie cheung is sooo cute in this movie and if it had only been about her character it would've been a 5/5 probably. as it is it has great moments but i wasn't that interested in the main character
I've finally completed Wong Kar-wai's "Informal Trilogy" in such a weird sequence: In the Mood for Love, 2046 and now Days of Being Wild.
If I've said that In The Mood for Love will make you feel exactly just that and 2046 would make you in the mood for heartbreaks then Days of Being Wild will give you the mood to be just that—wild.
Days of Being Wild is only Kar-wai's second film and it both shows his infancy but also how he shaped his identity as a director as well as his characters, some of which have regularly appeared throughout the Informal Trilogy.
Leslie Cheung plays the young and charismatic but emotionally unstable, York who is a womanizer. Cheung,…
Set in 1960, the film centres on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute who raised him that she is not his real mother.
Before In The Mood... and Chungking Express, Wong Kar Wai made another film set in the 60's with a heavy romance angle.
It didn't quite work for me, I found most of the film dis-jointed and for large parts I was bored. The one thing WKW gets right is production design wise, the film feels that it captures that period really well.
One of Wong Kar Wai's best films and one of my favorite of his.. I adore the disjointed plot structure and the way in which the film's atmosphere creates a mood of nostalgic longing for fleeting moments that will never come back. Though the protagonist will appear loathsome to many, the heartbreak experienced by the women who nonetheless fall for him resonates louder with each viewing. A great and important film in the Wong Kar-Wai cannon, effectively introducing his meandering narrative style, highly stylized atmosphere, and themes of lost love and the loss of precious time, all of which he would materialize in his later efforts, particularly this film's unofficial sequel, "In the Mood For Love."
I've never been one for the view that a director's earliest films are always their most vital and rewarding; if you're the kind of film-maker who's worth following, your films will become more pleasurable as you move further into your own style and tone. So it is with Wong Kar-Wai. His sophomore film is enjoyable on its own terms and comes with a lot of pointers to the future - not least that it's his first film shot by Christopher Doyle, the collaborator who helped him put on screen what he saw in his head.
It's got some incredible compositions, using divisions within the frame and overhead cameras to create a dislocated, dreamy atmosphere. It's also got a pretty unlovely…
Work in progress...
Every film from the 1990s rated with 4+ stars.
Films can possibly be dropped after a rewatch.…
Just a list of Asian films I've seen so far. As complete as I can remember them/have them logged on…