Set in 1960, the film centers on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute who raised him that she is not his real mother. Hoping to hold onto him, she refuses to divulge the name of his real birth mother. The revelation shakes Yuddy to his very core, unleashing a cascade of conflicting emotions. Two women have the bad luck to fall for Yuddy; one a quiet lass named Su Lizhen who works at a sports arena, the other a glitzy showgirl named Mimi. Yuddy passively lets the two compete for him, unable or unwilling to make a choice. As Lizhen slowly confides her frustration to a cop named Tide, he falls for her. The same is true for Yuddy’s friend Zeb, who falls for Mimi. Later, Yuddy learns of his birth mother’s whereabouts and heads out to the Philippines. —IMDb
Born in Shanghai, he moved to Hong Kong with his parents at the age of five. Coming from the Mainland and speaking only Mandarin and Shanghainese, he had a difficult period of adjustment to Cantonese speaking Hong Kong, spending hours in movie theatres with his mother. He made his directing debut in 1988 with As Tears Go By, produced by Alan Tang. It was a crime melodrama of the kind then hugely popular, and with heavy borrowings from Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets (1974), but already displayed one of his principal trademarks in its atmospheric and sometimes expressionistic color palette. It is his only box office hit to date. Wong went on to direct several more feature films in the 1990s, among these were Chungking Express (1994), Fallen Angels (1995), Ashes of Time (1994). His first major international recognition was at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival where he won the Best Director prize for Happy Together (1997). The filming of In the Mood for Love (2000) had to be shifted from Beijing… read more
Wong Kar-Wai's second directorial effort was the film that announced a brave new talent on the international scene. Though soon eclipsed by his subsequent work 'Days' still stands on its own merits. A wonderful tale of a lothario (heart-throb Leslie Cheung) who romances two women unable to truly give himself to either. Maggie Cheung and Carina Lau are luminous here. It's the film vocabulary that elevates this one.
A Fei zheng zhuan (Days of Being Wild) 1990
Directed and written by Kar Wai Wong with Jeffrey Lau
Eerie tale of misplaced desire centering around a handsome , self-centered… read review
Wong Kar-Wai is one of the greatest- if not the greatest- modern directors. Days of Being Wild is, in some ways, an amalgam of what was to come from him in subsequent years: characters with… read review
“The past and the future are the two great bournes of human emotion, the two great homes of the human days, the two eternities. They are both conclusive, final. Their beauty is the beauty of the goal… read review