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…
"Wong Kar-Wai's second feature is a brilliant dream of Hong Kong life in 1960. A young man of Shanghainese descent drifts through a series of casual friendships and uncommitted affairs, unconsciously pining for a relationship with his mother, who has started a new life in Manila. He finally takes off for the Philippines, where he sets himself up for the ultimate fall... The terrific, all-star cast enacts this as a series of emotionally unresolved encounters; the swooningly beautiful camera and design work takes its hallucinatory tone from the protagonist's own uncertainties. The mysterious appearance of Tony Leung only in the closing scene heralds a sequel that will sadly never be made. But this is already some kind of masterpiece." (Tony Rayns)
My second Wong Kar-wai after Chungking Express, and this one is very different, tonally speaking.
Loved how claustrophobic everything feels when Wong Kar-wai is shooting handheld, especially when Maggie Cheung/Carina Lau share the frame with Leslie Cheung (Wai does this to maybe help us understand York's worldview a bit better?)
Not my favorite thing in the world (that fight scene felt totally unnecessary), but it's worth revisiting someday.
Pointless drama... But still rather moody and beautifully shot. Great lounge music.
Love this film. I think I like early Wong Kar Wai better than his more polished later stuff.
What a treat...I hope I can put together a real review of this some time, but for now let me just make gaga eyes about Maggie Cheung & Andy Lau 😍
Oh and the final 2'30" 😄
I only wish it were a 5 hour movie, and then you could just drift in and out of it like a real dream...
I think Wong's loose approach to plot structure will just never appeal to me. But I finally appreciate his visuals, and am excited to see Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love.
35mm print. Outside of a few scenes I wasn't impressed. I couldn't have cared less about the characters or the story in this film, in fact it's at it's best when it forgets all of that. Sometimes I wish Wong Kar Wai wasn't a narrative filmmaker.
Wong Kar Wai... el amor es el complejo preferido de éste señor director, y lo visualiza de tantas formas que es difícil no enamorarse por completo de su visión.
Days of Being Wild es uno de sus primeros filmes pero desde esta partida podemos ver cómo se define en su estilo. Tomas largas pero suaves, voces en off justas y necesarias que nos mantienen en el contexto de un pensamiento en el momento oportuno. Secuencias temporales y una música que va desde la salsa hasta el clasico moderno.
Es un director romantico, erotico, (pero como he dicho anteriormente) sin ser vulgar.
It's a miracle a print of this was even located to be screened at all when it played at New Beverly earlier this week. This is a movie that took 18 years to get a nice looking home video release. It was a dream to be able to see such a photography centric movie on film. Video presentations flatten out the image so it's hard to notice where the focal planes begin and end, but I assure you those planes are there in print form.
Anyhow, to get away from reviewing the experience instead of the movie... I hadn't watched this for about a decade going in. I had forgotten until the end this is where the "WKW Cinematic Universe"…