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      Days of Being Wild

      Released Feb 23, 1991 1h 40m Drama List
      91% Tomatometer 33 Reviews 87% Audience Score 5,000+ Ratings The lives of several lovelorn individuals (Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau) intersect as they drift through Hong Kong. Read More Read Less Watch on Max Stream Now

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      Days of Being Wild uses a young man's struggle to come to terms with a family secret as the foundation for a beautifully filmed drama with a darkly dreamy allure.

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      Stephen Cole Globe and Mail Rated: 4/4 Feb 26, 2005 Full Review Geoff Pevere Toronto Star Needless to say a must-see for Wongcolytes, Days of Being Wild is also an excellent entry point for people who haven't yet caught this most exotic and habit-forming of cinematic bugs. Rated: 4/4 Feb 25, 2005 Full Review Carla Meyer San Francisco Chronicle Every shot is perfectly composed and compelling, with light and shadow manipulated to maximum effect. Rated: 4/4 Feb 25, 2005 Full Review Jas Keimig The Stranger (Seattle, WA) Days of Being Wild seems to take place under the cover of night, or at least underneath thick humid clouds. Jan 5, 2022 Full Review Matt Brunson Film Frenzy Moderately interesting. Rated: 2.5/4 Mar 27, 2021 Full Review Sarah Gorr The Spool Watching Days of Being Wild today, all those feelings unfurled like one of the tortured romances on screen, the ache striking you in a different part of your heart. Mar 19, 2021 Full Review Read all reviews

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      S. C An impressively artistic drama flick with contrasting and interesting characters. The cinematography is stunning and the performances spot on. The music is fantastic, melting in with the story and visuals as if it was the original score. Edited and shot with greatest care throughout. The film's aesthetics are pushed to the max with its locations and shadowed sets as well as the costumes, the filters and the beautifully patient cinematography capturing frames that are often mesmerizing. Compelling and overlapping storylines add additional authenticity to the movie and bring it even more to life. Ending with a mysterious yet essentially very soothing scene that brings the movie to peace. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 12/17/23 Full Review Rich S Do Hong Kong girls like bad boys? Maybe if that bad boy is Leslie Cheung, they do. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 11/20/23 Full Review Kevin L The look of the film says so much- darkened; dreary; little light let in, but so much slow burn simmering here. Nice work by Andy and Carina Lau in the Tide and Leung roles. So different than the other two main characters. But it's Maggie and Leslie Cheung in the lead roles of Su and Luddy who truly carry the best of the movie. Sweetness, caution, desire, worry, and betrayal are all conveyed so well by the performances, but it all starts with fine writing. The writing is from the skillful hands of director Wong Kar-Wai and Jeffrey Lau. The pining, disconnection, and emotional isolation are practically palpable. Such very human figures move through these almost vignette segments. Great early work by Wong Kar-Wai, with elements we would see later in the gorgeous "In the Mood For Love". And credit of course to cinematographer Christopher Doyle for giving us so much of the tone and visual expression of these cinematic figures, be they sad, lovelorn, ineffectual, distant but cool about it. 3.7 stars Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 09/28/23 Full Review Luca D Not sure where the filming locations actually are in his films but they are so dream-like. Once again he creates small stories about people's lives each branching from another's, creating a small group of individuals who are very relatable and understandable. The way everyone interacts is so emotional. It's hard to convey the feeling of letting someone go forever, but the actors and actresses do it so well. A truly heartbreaking film. Similar to In the Mood For Love, but on a much higher level. Would definitely watch again. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 12/20/23 Full Review Lo H best flim of wongkawai Rated 5 out of 5 stars 10/08/22 Full Review freeson w As is typical of Wong Kar-Wai, this is a slow burn movie. I can see the artistic merit, but personally, I didn't really connect with this movie. I felt the story was meandering and, perhaps intentionally like the main character, drifting along without any anchor. There's a strange tonal shift at the end where this moody, broody movie suddenly becomes an action film. I felt that was very strange. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis The lives of several lovelorn individuals (Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau) intersect as they drift through Hong Kong.
      Director
      Kar-Wai Wong
      Production Co
      In-Gear Film
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      Chinese
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Feb 23, 1991, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Mar 22, 2007
      Box Office (Gross USA)
      $141.9K
      Runtime
      1h 40m
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