As Tears Go By [DVD]
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The debut feature from Wong Kar-Wai, shot before his highly successful 'Days Of Being Wild'. Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung star as two friends, Ah Wah and Fly, trapped on the modern day mean streets of Kowloon and caught in a spiral of violence. When Ah's cousin (Maggie Cheung) arrives she brings with her a vain sense of hope that escape is possible, but Ah Wah's loyalty to his friend Fly seals his fate.
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The main character of "As tears go by" is Wah (Andy Lau), a well-known Hong Kong mobster that leads a very dangerous life. He is respected and feared, and has only two objectives in life: to stay alive and to take care of his family. That last objective is a little difficult in what concerns to his younger brother Fly (Jackie Cheung), a young man that wants to belong to a triad, but doesn't have what it takes to be respected in a violent environment.
Wah's life consists basically of dodging bullets and getting his little brother out of trouble, until he meets Ngor (Maggie Cheung), a young cousin that needs to stay at his apartment in order to be treated for an illness. Ngor stays with Wah only for some days, but that is more than enough time to make him fall in love with her. But will that love be compatible with the kind of life Wah leads? And when Ngor returns to Kowloon, will Wah follow her?
The answer to those questions and a few more can be found watching "As tears go by". If you are interested, go for it! From my point of view, this unconventional ganster movie is worth your time.
PS: By the way, I give this film 3.5 stars out of 5 :)
For me As Tears Go By actually surpasses the original. Perhaps it's chacters, most probably its setting, but there is something about this movie which makes it an overall superior viewing experience.
Both movies took talented young actors and a fresh new director to create something different, something hugely enjoyable but dripping with artistic merit. ATGB shows off the cream of Hong Kong talent for years after its release, (and still if you ask me). Andy Lau is just uber cool. A low level triad who's flaw is his devotion to his "brother" Fly, played amazingly by Jackie Cheung. Whenever Cheung is on the screen your eyes are stuck to it, knowing that anything can happen, and usually does. Maggie Cheung, as Lau's distant cousin, and eventual love interest also gives a first class performance. At times shy and retiring, but equally magnetic it is easy to understand Lau's fascination with her. I shouldn't really need to add that she is beautiful as ever.
The film looks amazing, new wave neon beauty mixed with Hong Kong back street grime. The story, simple but amazing, Shakespearian. A man unable to escape and bound to his life by those around him and his inherent flaws. Somebody caught in the middle of a tug of war between settling down and the gangster life. Somebody who seems to have everything and nothing. This has more action than most Wong Kar Wai films, and it works surprisingly well. The movie is fun, visually stunning and full of great performances.Read more ›