Director: Wong Kar-Wai, Chen Kaige, Law Chi-Leung
Studio: Deok Seun Media
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Days Of Being Wild
Following up on his debut As Tears Go By, master filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai directs this dark, brooding tale about identity and unrequited love. Set in 1960, the film center of the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy (Leslie Cheung), who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute who raised him that she is not his real mother. Hoping to hold onto him, she refuses to divulge the name of his real birth mother. The revelation shakes Yuddy to his very core, unleashing a cascade of conflicting emotions. Two women have the bad luck to fall for Yuddy. One is a quiet lass who works at a sport arena named Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung), while the other is a glitzy showgirl named Mimi (Carina Lau). Perhaps due to his unresolved Oedipal issues, he passively lets the two compete for him, unable or unwilling to make a choice. As Lizhen slowly confides her frustration to a cop named Tide (Andy Lau), he falls for her. The same is true for Yuddy's friend Zeb (Jacky Cheung), who falls for Mimi. Later, Yuddy learns of his birth mother's whereabouts and heads out to the Philippines. This film won a armful of trophies at the Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Director, Best Actor for Leslie Cheung, and Best Picture.
Farewell My Concubine
Until Farewell, My Concubine (Ba Wang Bie Ji), not many people were aware that most members of the Peking Opera were originally orphans or illegitimate castaways with nowhere else to turn. Such is the case of the film's protagonists, Duan Xiaolou ($$Zhang Fengyi) and Cheng Dieyi (Leslie Cheung): two homeless outcasts, trained from childhood in the grueling rigors of the Opera by master Lu Qui. The film traces the 52-year friendship between Xiaolou and Dieyi, a friendship pockmarked with fiery conflicts and tender reconciliations. Though the delicate Dieyi specializes in female roles and the gutsy Xiaolou plays noble warriors, theirs is an essentially heterosexual relationship; still, when Xiaolou takes upon himself a prostitute bride (the magnificent Gong Li, Dieyi is as petty and jealous as an outcast mistress. An extremely long film (155 to 157 minutes, depending on the print), Farewell My Concubine holds the viewer in thrall from start to finish: as such, it is thoroughly deserving of its many international film awards and nominations. Surprisingly, this worldwide success was something of a flop in its home country of China; perhaps it hit too close to home for those viewers who'd lived through the same years so painstakingly recreated in the film.
This is the story of Yan, a young woman haunted by fleeting images of what she believes to be dead people. Told that it is all in her mind by her psychologist Jim, Yan still cannot find any other explanations for her visions. Soon, her suspicions are confirmed when Jim begins seeing the same things she does and the two begin to unravel a mystery that leads to a forgotten past.
The title may allude to M. Night Shyamalan's Sixth Sense but this movie is more of a psychological thriller than a ghost story. Like the title suggests, most of the ghost scenes are imagined (and they are scarier that way...)
Story started off with Cheung Yan (Lam Ka Yan) moving from one place to another to escape the ghosts which she could actually sees them and also following her around too. Her cousin sister's (Valerie Chow) husband (Waise Lee) recommends that she sees a psychiatrist, Dr Jim Law (Leslie Cheung). As time goes by, Jim managed to draw out Yan's past and cures her. As also expected, they fall in love. However instead of living happily ever after, Yan slowly began to find Jim getting more and more edgy like sleep-walking at night and... Now the thriller is about to begin...
Undoubtly Inner Senses has its share of scares and jolts. However the film-makers seem so proud of their make-up efforts and stunt-work that they repeat the ghost sequences so often that they become a drag. In one close-up scene the flaws can get rather embarrassing.
Leslie Cheung still has the look of a mid-30's although he is almost 50 years old while Lam Ka Yan is a pretty face but with a lot of potential to be a great actress. Waise Lee provides the comic relief (and he did not disappoint either) for a change from his usual bad guys role.
The strength of the movie lies in the lead cast.
|Audio Format:||DD 5.1 Surround, DD 2.0 Stereo|
|Video Format:||Widescreen 1.85:1 (Anamorphic)|
|Country Made:||Hong Kong|
|Running Time:||94 / 171 / 100|
|Special Features:||* Days of Being Wild
- Theatrical trailer
- Photo Gallery
- Cast & Crew
* Farewell My Concubine
- Play Movie
- Scene Selections
- Cast & Crew
* Inner Senses
- Making of Inner Senses
- Still Gallery
- Music Video
- Easter Egg
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