Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy Thailand (2013) Dir. Nawapol Thamrongrattanarit When The Emoji Movie arrived in 2017, aside from being met by universal hostility, it was seen as a lament for modern cinema finding its inspiration in social media. Yet, this Thai black comedy drama got there first by building a story around a … Continue reading Mary Is Happy, Mary Is Happy

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Days Of Being Wild (Ah fei zing zyun)

Days Of Being Wild (Ah fei zing zyun) Hong Kong (1990) Dir. Wong Kar-Wai The first film in the informal trilogy from the abstract auteur Wong Kar-Wai sows the seeds for the two later films In The Mood For Love and 2046 although the connections between this and its two offspring are tenuous enough to … Continue reading Days Of Being Wild (Ah fei zing zyun)

2046

2046 Hong Kong (2004) Dir. Wong Kar-Wai While In The Mood For Love was a huge distance from its informal predecessor 1990’s Days Of Being Wild, the third film in this unofficial trilogy, 2046, is more of a direct follow up – but not quite. It’s 1966 and Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung), back from Singapore, … Continue reading 2046

In The Mood For Love (Fa yeung nin wa)

In The Mood For Love (Fa yeung nin wa) Hong Kong (2000) Dir. Wong Kar-Wai Hong Kong 1962 and assistant newspaper editor Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) rents a room in an apartment building on the same day as married secretary Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung). As well as being neighbours they also share the fate of … Continue reading In The Mood For Love (Fa yeung nin wa)

The Grandmaster (Yi dai zong shi)

  The Grandmaster (Yi dai zong shi) China/Hong Kong (2013) Dir. Wong Kar Wai After two action packed and successful films starring Donnie Yen and an unrelated prequel directed by Herman Yau, one has to wonder if there is really room for another Yip Man bio pic? Arty auteur Wong Kar Wai seems to think … Continue reading The Grandmaster (Yi dai zong shi)

Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit)

  Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit) Hong Kong (1997) Dir. Wong Kar-Wai Gay lovers Ho Po-wing (Leslie Cheung) and Lai Yiu-fai (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) arrive from Hong Kong in Argentina for a road trip holiday to visit Iguazu waterfalls but the relationship turns sour and they soon split. Yiu-fai gets a club job … Continue reading Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit)