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Days Of Being Wild [DVD]

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  • Actors: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau
  • Directors: Wong Kar-Wai
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jun. 2006
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B8TJ4Y
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 535,341 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Wong Kar-Wai's follow up to 'As Tears Go By' (1988) marked a turning point in Eastern cinema, straddling both 'art house' and action features. Set in Hong Kong in 1960 during a sweltering summer it follows Yuddi's (Leslie Cheung) search for some meaning in his life. He has affairs with two beautiful women and hangs out with his friends, before leaving for the Philippines in search of his mother.


Wong Kar-Wai followed up his highly successful directional debut, the brooding and slick As Tears Go By, with this remarkable study of rootless affections and calculated cruelties played out as an ensemble piece by some of Hong Kong cinema's finest performers. Set during the sweltering weeks of summer in 1960, Days of Being Wild offers glimpses into the life of Yuddi. A young and disaffected drifter played with hazy, laconic disdain by Leslie Cheung, he toys with the lives and affections of those around him. Maggie Cheung is darting and hesitant as the unaffected bargirl with whom Yuddi begins an affair, while Carina Lau exudes a passionate playfulness in the role of Mimi, the nightclub hostess he eventually settles for. Together with Andy Lau's lonely cop caught up in dreams of being a sailor and Jackie Cheung as the friend forced to live in Yuddi's shadow, they all inhabit a world of and limited desires and recurring disappointments. After travelling to the Philippines in search of the mother who abandoned him at birth, only to be met by her blank refusal to see him, Yuddi sets himself adrift from life with brutal consequences.

The time Won Kar Wai spent writing scripts for TV soap operas is apparent in the narrative's episodic drift, as well as his admiration for such photographers as Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Richard Avedon, can be seen in the sharp attention to surface detail. Stylish and assured, with a soundtrack featuring lush easy listening tunes from the 1950s, Days of Being Wild has the added distinction of bringing together three of Cantopop's top-selling singers, Leslie Cheung, Andy Lau and Tony Cheung. It's this kind of dream-like, pop culture surrealism that has helped put Won Kar Wai in a league all his own. --Ken Hollings --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful By tobias wagner on 31 Jan. 2005
Format: DVD
For anybody who knows WKW there's not much to be said about this film. The late Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau and Jackie Cheung deliver great performances while Chris Doyle's camerawork is haunting as ever. This is not a film to be missed, but as for this edition - please don't bother. Tartan Video seemed a bit rushed to put this piece along with its predecessor "As Tears Go By" on the market in time for their own cinema-release of "2046". Not only did they hardly do anything to enhance the picture quality (it's a decent one anyhow, you'd just wish they'd do something about the grain and colours - especially with WKW), they also managed to get a dubbed copy. So what we have here is a Mandarin dialogue for a Cantonese film. On top of that the mono DD 2.0 mix is a bit disappointing.
If you're not bothered about the beautiful Maggie speaking in the voice of a mainland-China child, you might as well go ahead. For everybody else there is the Z1 KINO box set (KINO have even remastered most of the films) and an excellent Z2 - France box set (for everybody who speaks French. No english subtitles!!). Otherwise there's always a slight hope that Tartan might rectify their miserable mistake one day...
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I personally regard this as a Wong Kar Wai classic. I love most of his films, but this one is purely stunning! The approach to the narrative, art direction, use of music, imagery... it doesn't necessarily re-create HK in the 60s, but the 60s as in Wong's mind. This is not a film to be understood, but one to be felt and empathised. Don't miss it.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 6 Mar. 2006
Format: DVD
As one of the other reviews pointed out, this is an appalling DVD release of one of Asian cinema's most potent masterworks. This was the first film in which director Wong Kar-Wai really relaxed into his own unique style of filmmaking, putting the emphasis on time, location, character and relationships over the more recognisable elements of storytelling, and ultimately, producing an evocative and continually beguiling film about love, heartbreak, and the desire to belong. The film certainly established the groundwork for his later films, in particular, the scintillating In the Mood for Love, and the more recent masterpiece, 2046. There are overlapping characters found in all three films, whilst we also see that great visual style emerging too, with Wong establishing a strong and visually transcendent approach to movement and composition alongside his esteemed cinematographer Christopher Doyle that would spiral and grow throughout subsequent films like Ashes of Time, Happy Together and those two films aforementioned.
This DVD (along with Tartan's release of Wong's more action-orientated debut As Tears Go By) is appalling... with the company getting their hands on a Mandarin copy of the film that has the kind of dubbing more at home in a bad Kung-Fu film or at best, a post-war Italian melodrama. The source music is all wrong, not what Wong intended at all (most of it sounds like music taken directly from a soap-opera, or worse, soft-core porn), whilst the visuals are flat, grainy and filled with imperfections. What is the point of releasing a film on the definitive format of DVD and not going to the trouble of presenting the definitive version of the film itself? This edition of 'Days...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 4 Mar. 2006
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A film about time and dislocation; establishing themes that would be further explored in the director's later works, Chungking Express, Happy Together, and, more importantly, In The Mood For Love, and 2046. Wong had already stated that Days Of Being Wild should be seen as the first part in a trilogy of films, each dealing with the issues of love, obsession, time and memory, set against a back-drop of 1960's Hong Kong. Although I'm not going to delve into any great detail as to how these three films correlate to one another, it should be noted that the character of Su-Li Zhen, one of the first to be introduced in this film, is most likely the same Su-Li Zhen so pivotal to the relationships of In The Mood For Love and 2046. Also, there's the brief appearance by Tony Leung in the final scene here, with his character - hinted to be a gambling, feckless womaniser, not too dissimilar to Days' central character, Yuddy - seeming to be the blue-print for the character of Mr. Chow in those two aforementioned masterworks.
As a stand-alone piece, Days can be appreciated for it's painterly style and lingering use of atmosphere. It certainly works better as a piece of entertainment if we tie it in with Wong's last two films, but there's nothing lost if you've yet to see them. At its heart, Days is a youth film, a melodrama about listless youth congregating around Yuddy, a Cantonese James Dean and legend in his own time. As a character, Yuddy can occasionally seem rather loathsome... he's an arrogant, feckless womaniser, who casts aside his conquests without compassion or humility. He also refuses to work... instead, he leaches off his adoptive mother, a former courtesan who longs for a new life with an unseen man in the U.S.
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