Feels now like the preeminent piece of 90s nostalgia. Few films seem to so stridently encapsulate a cultural moment, and indeed this is a very significant moment, the many best-before-dates on cans of perishable food reminding us of the waning days of British colonial rule over Hong Kong. The visual style maintains a balance between the frenetic and the restive. Life happens in a flash. Occasionally we must breathe.
To me personally watching Wong Kar Wai film is like a mental torture in the process. I can't be patient and somehow I'm lost with the characters that are seem out of my spectrum. But his film has post watching effect, followed by unusual life-changing realization. It's so weird.
The protagonist swap 1/3 of the way through the film threw me for a loop. I missed Takeshi Kaneshiro's character once his plot abruptly came to an end. I thought the tone shift was interesting, though, and the characters were all really fascinating. I enjoyed it, but I feel like a repeat viewing would serve me well.
Doyle's cinematography never ceases to amaze. A very strange though beautiful evocation of desire and obsession. The shot of Tony Leung sipping coffee in slow motion in the background juxtaposed with fast motion consumers in the foreground is devastatingly impressionistic.
86/100 - Excellent. (4.5)
Going through my binge of WKW's filmography, while I do see why it was a historical and iconic film especially as a cultural marker of early '90s Hong Kong, I found it more adorable and nice rather than something that sticks in my mind like "Happy Together" or "In the Mood for Love". Still a wonderful movie with memorable usage of music.
It's so stylistic; everything from the cinematography, to the acting, and direction. The frenetic atmosphere makes this a highly enjoyable film. The two halves seem as an homage to classic Hollywood genres; the first half is shaped as a neonoir and Brigitte Lin is the femme fatale. The second half as a romantic comedy is priceless as Faye Wong, in a very Ameliesque way breaks into Leung's apartment So sweet, so good.
My first experience on Wong Kar Wai's film, and I loved this movie! Simply fantastic. I agree with one of the critics who said that it is riveting and engaging from the first shot till the end credits.And there's some amazing quotes also :)
Artsy. This film brings stylistically with the effective camerawork that captures mood and tone. I also love the quirks of the characters. However, the film doesn't do much in terms of plot. It's much more about mood and an experiment in film technique. The pacing is deliberately slow and repetitive to confuse the audiences and adds to the mood of depression and loneliness. A little bit drags on. Both plus and minus.