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As Tears Go By [VHS]


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  • Actors: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Kau Lam, William Chang
  • Directors: Kar Wai Wong
  • Language: English
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Made in Hong Kong
  • VHS Release Date: 24 Jan. 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CQ1E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 430,536 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat on 8 Dec. 2006
Format: DVD
"As tears go by" is an interesting and cinematographically beautiful film set in Mongkok, a district in Hong Kong. This movie is directed by Won Kar Wai, an artist that can take a premise and develop it so well that the story he tells turns into reality. In this case, that premise is how to tell the story of a person without a future, of someone that believes that "People like us don't have tomorrows". What kind of situation could lead someone to utter such a phrase? If you are interested, just go on reading...

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.

Belen Alcat

PS: By the way, I give this film 3.5 stars out of 5 :)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Mar. 2001
Format: VHS Tape
The two superstars who dominated the Hongkong cinema in the 90's had their debut with this movie, Wong Kar-Wei and Maggie Cheung. The story is about two gangsters and their friendship, which is very typical of Hongkong gangster movies and makes it very watchable on the whole. Camera movement and angles are stunning and give us a glimpse of the Wong Kar-Wei style used in Chungking Express (1994). Also outstanding is the acting of Jackie Cheung, playing a loser who is willing to give up his life in order to `save face`. It is equally watchable as A Better Tomorrow of John Woo and absolutely worth seeing.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Film Fan on 25 April 2006
Format: DVD
For those of you who are fans of Martin Scorcese's Mean Streets, you will see many paralels in this film. I am led to believe that it is meant to be a type of remake and is happy to reference it's origin, so no plagarism there.

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.
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