Already stretched in a loyalty tug of war between Triad bosses and his loose cannon partner, Wah (Andy Lau), a rising star in the Hong Kong underworld, finds himself caught in an escalating test of wills involving his beautiful cousin and a mob turncoat.
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I thought it was a great debut, there isn't much in the way of originality here as it borrows too much from Scorsese's seminal debut, but nobody can't deny the sparks of brilliance in Kar-Wai's style and vision.
a very odd film. it resembled some partial remake of 'mean street' which in points was a massive step up, with stylish direction and amazing lighting but in some too it was a step down with elements of the plot dragging and times becoming confusing. but wong kar wai has such a fantastic style, one part godard and one part kiarostami it appeared to me. an inconsistent and ultimately strange effort.
It's hard to believe that a film this accomplished and impassioned could be someone's debut, but such is the case with Wong Kar-Wai's As Tears Go By. Drenched in gorgeous neon-light photography, As Tears Go By tells the poignant story of a low level gangster struggling to find balance between his work and personal life. A superbly acted melodrama featuring a great soundtrack courtesy of Andrew Lau Wai-Keung.