Lai and his lover Ho arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong, seeking a better life. Their torrid relationship lives out among lusty tango bars and the salsa music of the La Boca sidewalks. They find themselves far from home and desperately lonely.
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In Happy Together, Wong Kar-Wai created a film that emulates the works of Jack Kerouac and Gus van Sant. I found this film to be especially interesting as it is the first gay love story that I've seen that doesn't focus on the societal views of homosexuality, instead looking at the couple for what they are privately and among one another... brilliant!
Like in all Kar-wai films, you soon grow to care for the characters. Not every director is able to achieve this with such consistency. The style is so recognizable, and for me, it will always be linked to the quick-paced, crowded and busy Hong Kong. Another great exploration of loneliness and fashionable alienation.
I felt as if the audience drifted into the lives of the couple just as they drifted out of each others. While it didn't seem as organized and more controlled as some of his other films, the aimlessness to the film I think brilliantly reflected the main characters themselves.
Wong Kar-wai is a poet with his camera, using light, color, speed and texture to create emotions. This film has a great pace and unfolds naturally, but the main relationship never really drew me in (though Tony Leung is great). The addition of a third main character compliments the theme of loneliness, and how men deal with it.
After going through some of the same shit as both characters go through, this film becomes more and more relatable. And it was a hetero relationship too. Just a all around fantastic, brutally honest film.
The wacky color schemes enhance the tale of two stop-and-go lovers. I enjoyed how the film was shown in snippets of 40 second to one minute clips, which kept the film skipping along at an upbeat pace, despite ups and downs within their relationship.