AS TEARS GO BY is a directorial debut from Wong Kar-Wai. Some people maybe found this movie is too "ordinary" for Wong Kar-Wai's taste. It seems he was still looking for the right style for him in this movie. Still, this movie is beautifully filmed. For instance, that phone booth scene with Cantonese version of "Take My Breath Away". AS TEARS GO BY feels straight. I mean this movie is less artsy than his later movies
“As Tears Go By” is the first movie of chinese director Wong Kar Wai and one of his best movies, too. Using the typical aspects of heroic bloodshed movies (family values, love, friendship, honor) he tells a nice little gangster drama, which is way more down to earth like f.e. the movies of John Woo! ATGB is beautifully shot, doesn't get boring and it’s a lot better than his next film “Days of Being Wild”.
Andy Lau gets pulled in multiple directions as a low-level, but respected, member of a triad gang at the same time he falls for his cousin, played by Maggie Cheung. Wong's amazing cinematography and sense of direction coupled with a brilliant set of performances from Lau and Cheung make this a great love story and drama.
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.
Viewed in isolation you probably couldn't tell this was the early work of a master but it is a well above average 80s HK gangster film. The intensity of feeling between all three main characters is well achieved and the choppy approach to the violent action is especially good. Worth watching.
A thunderous, frenetic, and passionate debut that is a Mean Streets for late 1980s Hong Kong. Punctuated by a varied techno and rock-and-roll soundtrack, as well as some thoroughly intense turns in pace, As Tears Go By is one of the most energetic debuts I've seen in a while.
While there's nothing particularly special about the story, the emotions and humanism of the characters in As Tears Go By more than make up for it. Many aspects of the sound design and video quality date this film, but all the same there are some nicely shot moments, like the staccato style of the films most violent scenes. All in all, enjoyable, and I look forward to watching more films by Wong Kar-Wai.