Doesn'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.
Though there are times when it can feel somewhat aimless and underwhelming, Wong Kar-Wei's style lends itself handily to such character-driven stories.
I've lost count of the number of times I've watched this but it never fails to beguile me with its mosaic of interlocking heartbreaks. Wong Kar-Wai may have become a more polished filmmaker since then, but he's never made a film that lives and breathes in the same way as this one does, a story that feels alive as you watch it and that - no matter if you've seen it five or eight times already - can still surprise you with its uncoiling emotional logic. Sometimes I think it's the best thing he's ever done, and the best love story of the late 20th century.
I protagonisti di Days of Being Wild tutti inseguono la persona sbagliata. Ma come sempre non basta il desiderio di uno per formare l'amore.
Wong Kar-Wai does it again. I've said it four times now but I just love this guys movies. If you can't enjoy a Wong Kar-Wai movie you're probably a heartless monster.
Days of Being Wild is set in the 60's and does an amazing job looking like that. If I didn't know this came out in the 90's you could fool me it was really done in the 60's.
Mi opinión de la película es esta que he encontrado casualmente por internet:
La suscribo PUNTO POR PUNTO.
I don’t know what was in the juice Wong Kar-Wai was drinking between 1988 and 1990, but ‘Days of Being Wild’ saw him go from squeaking by with a shaky, half-promising debut to a being fully formed filmmaker in the space of one movie.
You can just feel the humidity through the screen. The film’s modus operandi is to elude (almost exhaustingly), avoiding collisions so it can twist and cultivate a very calculated yearning and emptiness in the audience. It’s nearly a turn-off at first, but as you start to place it in the trilogy in which it belongs (‘In The Mood For Love’, ‘2046’), things become clear.
Dromerig romantisch doorprikte levens. Voor Wong Kar-Wai moet je in de juiste stemming zijn, in een mengeling van opperste concentratie en de bereidheid je gewoon mee te laten voeren.
Ik heb meer van Days of Being Wild begrepen dan van de andere WKW's die ik al gezien heb. En heb nu ook eindelijk door dat je die films eigenlijk niet kan afvinken tot je hen meerdere keren gezien hebt.
Acteren, cinematografie, kleurgebruik, verteltempo.. allemaal top.
Was this a warm-up for In the Mood for Love? Because it feels very much like that film, only lesser. Still, I never tire of Maggie Cheung and the wonderful way Wong Kar-Wai shoots his movies. But if you're reading this, and you're on the fence, watch In the Mood for Love instead.
- 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…