Luddy is a devastatingly handsome Hong Kong lothario who seduces and abandons women without guilt. When he sets his sights on a lovely shop girl, he unknowingly sets of a chain of events leading to obsession, self-discovery, and shocking violence.
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In comparison with later Wong, namely In the Mood For Love and Happy Together it may seem somewhat lesser in comparison, but still retains an incredible poignancy and sense of yearning. All of the characters in this film are reaching out desperately for something they can't touch and as the film draws to its conclusion we understand they'll never have it. Hauntingly beautiful precursor to later masterworks. 4/5
Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. "Desire" list. Leslie Cheung: so much wounded beauty, that would became clear in "Happy Together", but more romanticized here. So, so much memorable opacified sadness.
An exploration of how luck and chance affect life; and the most poignant part is that the characters do not realize it. The film is perfect in its technique and exploration of the mood; however it is indeed very dour. That could be a problem, but it's also the right choice when you're in the mood for melancholy. I loved the performances, but the characters feel a little distant, a fact that, in the end, is a flaw.
this one was interesting, and by the end so full of sorrow, it was almost painful to view. the love, emotion and the obsession with the passing moment which dominates a relationship are all key components to this piece. and the style begins to move away from the scorsese-lite of 'Tears Gone by' to a much more godard and kieslowski inflected cinema. the acting here is so pitch perfect too. maggie cheung is pehnomenal.
Stylistically this movie was fun to watch but it left me empty. I don't think there was supposed to be much to the lead character. Interesting to see Maggie Cheung. I thought she was great In the Mood for Love and 2046. She appears to play the same character, judging by the recurring name. Trying to figure out what the last scene with Tony Leung was supposed to signify.
It could have been the particular transfer I saw, but WKW seemed to work with a more subdued, even at times bland, color palette, which definitely felt gloomier, as stated below. His story involved similar changes and kinks that felt as organic and calmly confident as in his other pictures.