A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool, detached partner. Thinking it’s dangerous and improper to become involved with a colleague he sets out to find a surrogate for his affections. Against the sordid and surreal urban nightscape (set in contemporary Hong Kong), he crosses path with a strange drifter looking for her mysterious ex-boyfriend and an amusing mute trying to get the world’s attention in his own unconventional ways. –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
Uber-cool stylistic exercise from Wong Kar-Wai that stands as a testament to his and his team's mastery of the cinematic form. Even 18 years later this film is a breath of fresh air. Does anyone capture romantic longing and 'the days go by' like Kar-Wai? Editing and cinematography sublime as is the use of music and costume. Casting is uniformly excellent especially the actresses. Essential cinema.
Toronto Film Festival 1995: notice Quentin Tarantino and Mira Sorvino are at the first public screening of this film (there for Four Rooms); the first scene featuring the assassin stars and Chan's music starts when suddenly the refrain lyric of 'i'm so cool' starts and a clapping of hands and a hooting comes from the balcony...it has been approved by Tarantino, still months away from his shingle releasing Chungking in the States...little tidbit
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The greatest obstacle to romantic film is how to squeeze a hundred, or a thousand, or a million people between two fictional characters. How do you begin to describe the unspeakable dynamic of attraction… read review