It first was unsettling to watch a movie made by the 'earliest version' of director Wong Kar-Wai set somewhere other than in HK. Then I recognized more and more of what I loved of 'Chungking Express': amore than convincing depiction of human refrain from acknowledging one's own solitude - not as an unfathomable destiny, but more like a shared condition that only brings serenity when knowing you can meet 'the one'.
everyone's favorite gay hk film that wkw actually denied was about being gay.. the scenes between tony and leslie were wonderful and touching, but also pretty sad and messed up. the first half of the film was shot in b&w which i found to be annoying bc imo wkw's films are all about color.. also unsure how to feel about the characters' endings. the more i think about this film the more i realize its flaws
All the grit and charm of a student film, with the refined touch of a master. Tony Leung is incredible, the dynamic between these two is tense and dizzying, not necessarily the best representation of a 'normal' gay relationship, or the most realistic, but still something believable - and powerful. Those shots of Iguaza? Wow.
I'm very happy that I could still fall in love with cinema over and over again. This movie, which I prayed for every minute not to end, is ultimately the saddest thing ever, it left me empty, but Wong Kar-Wai knows beauty, and as heartbreaking as it looks, it is perfection. Don't know why but it kinda reminded me of Gus Van Sant's Mala Noche.
Daha sonrasında Kar-Wai'nin In the Mood for Love gibi bir şaheseri çekeceğinin sinyallerini önceden vermiş filmdir. Tango dansına ve müziklerine bayılan bendenizi ayrıca mest etmiştir, Wai'nin yönetmenliğine değinmiyorum bile. Ama her zaman In the Mood for Love ilk sırada gelir benim için. 4.5/5
My god, this is the pretties movie I have ever laid my eyes on. It seems like an homage to cinema's greatest directors with some flashes of noir here and a little Kieslowskian yellow there. The party just never ends. The story was highly satisfactory for me, but I kinda like simple premises... I can see how it might leave people wanting more. I just want it over and over again.
Wong Kar Wai has the ability to show the realities of love and romance on the screen without making it corny or gimmicky. This film is no exception, Wong Kar Wai presents an intense look at a relationship between two men and the ups and downs that follow. This would make a good double bill with Andrew Haigh's Weekend.
One might not expect the greatest queer love story to be made by a straight filmmaker from Hong Kong, but I believe his placing it so far from home made it possible. Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Chen Chang convey thwarted longing with such passionate tenderness that identification is difficult to resist. The futile belief that they can start over despite all they know about each other is heartbreaking.
wong kar wai's work in the 90s led up to this. if he put all his energy into creating vibrant characters in chungking express and fallen angels, the same energy is used here to make them feel quietly real. lai's growth throughout the movie and what it means for his relationship with ho is so emotionally complex and it hit me like a pounding waterfall