Days of Being Wild [New Restoration] (1990)
- Drama, Romance
- 1h 34m
- Hong Kong
Price: $11.99 + taxes and fees
This 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the 35mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata and Jet Tone. It was supervised and approved by Wong Kar Wai.
Bonus Content: Included in your film rental is over two hours of bonus content, including a video essay by TIFF Cinematheque Senior Programmer and world-renowned film expert James Quandt and never-before-seen archival interviews with frequent Wong Kar Wai cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Scroll down to watch.
Winner of the Hong Kong Film Awards for best picture, director, and actor, Wong’s 1990 breakthrough is anything but “wild”: a moodily beautiful immersion in urban desolation, it maintains its sullen sense of composure from first frame to last.
“The succès d’estime of recent HK cinema” –J. Hoberman, The Village Voice
Winner of the Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Picture, Director, and Actor, Wong’s breakthrough film is anything but “wild”: a moodily beautiful immersion in urban desolation, it maintains its sullen sense of composure from first frame to last. Superstar Leslie Cheung plays the rootless and unloving roué Yuddy, who was abandoned by his parents as a child and cannot connect emotionally with any of the young women who fall in love with him. After breaking the hearts and spirits of the fragile Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) and cabaret dancer Mimi (Carina Lau), Yuddy discovers that his real mother is living in Manila, and sets out on a fateful journey to meet her. Wong treats Yuddy’s quest for love and belonging with a cruel hyper-romanticism that has reminded many of Fassbinder; certainly, his deployment of ’60s pop music as a distancing device and his arch close-ups both recall the German master.
Content advisories: violence, sexually suggestive scenes
DirectorWong Kar Wai
Mandarin, Shanghainese, Tagalog, English, Cantonese