loneliness in the city is what this movie is. switching stories from a cast of characters trying to find love in the giant city of Hong Kong. you become invested in these characters quite early and by the end of the movie you are stunned by the way they have progresses through their quest for love.
It's shot beautifully, a great indicator of the style that would come to be WKW's signature. I was only mildly entertained, though. 90% of the dialogue is cringe-worthy, its attempts to be cute are clunky and floppy. I'm utterly confused by the buzz around this film...and quite confused by the film itself; it's nonsensical and relies far too heavily on its aesthetic to carry the weight of everything else.
A undeniably 90s, gritty Chinese romance. The film is separated into two parallel stories of policemen who both struggle with their love lives. The two segments are presented differently when it comes to genres. The first story is more of a gritty noir-style story, whilst the second part is more of a romantic comedy. Definitely an breath of fresh air (even though it's older than me) when it comes to structure.
The first time I saw this movie I didn't like it. I don't think I was ready for it. I think Roger Ebert once said this is a movie for film buffs. You have to know something about film to enjoy it. At the time, I guess I had to get my knowledge up. Revisited it some years later and I fell in love. Wholeheartedly. It's in my heart yo. A part of my heart, my self image, my identity. A little movie. But a profound one.
Gets me every time. The colors, the camera work, the unexpected acts of kindness, the love and shitty days we go through by ourselves. Brief encounters and unexpected interactions leave you with the bittersweet feeling that you're not far at all from their reality, their lack of hope so big that one doesn't even notice the changes the apartment suffered after being broken in on a daily basis.