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The Wong Kar-Wai Collection: Inc As Tears go By; Days of Being Wild; 2046 [DVD]

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  • Actors: Andy Lau, Leslie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu Wai, Li Gong
  • Directors: Kar Wai Wong, Wong Kar-Wai
  • Producers: Kar Wai Wong, Yimou Zhang
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Nov. 2006
  • Run Time: 317 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000HN32GO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 125,948 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Box set of three films by acclaimed Hong Kong director Wong Kar Wai spanning from his early work to the present. 2046 (2004) is an offbeat sci-fi romance in which a struggling pulp fiction writer, Chow (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai), gets so caught up in the Kubrick-style sci-fi novel he is writing that fantasy and reality start to merge. Meanwhile, he indulges himself with a series of beautiful women including Bai (Zhang Ziyi) and Wang (Faye Wong) - but he can't get his real love, Su Lizhen (Gong Li) out of his mind. 'As Tears Go By' (1988) is the debut feature from Wong Kar-Wai. 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. 'Days of Being Wild' (1991) 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 after the former madam who raised him reveals she's not his birth mother. He has affairs with two beautiful women and hangs out with his friends, before leaving for the Philippines in search of his birth mother - and himself.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By R. Eyre on 2 May 2010
For a big Wong Kar Wai fan, this is, as they say, an essential purchase. For everyone else, it rather depends on whether you like his kind of films. They are often very slow moving, character based, visual pieces. Some may consider him to be too "artsy" for them, but many find him the maker of some of the most beautiful and intoxicating films they've ever seen. His stories develop slowly, if they develop at all, but that's beside the point. If you have ever read the works of Haruki Murakami, you will understand what Wong is trying to achieve. Internal monologues and voice over commentaries by various characters link interaction to interaction, where we get the pleasure of seeing genuine emotion and believable human reactions played out in what is often an almost dreamlike fashion. To say the characters are eccentric can sometimes be an understatement, and the extreme actions and expressions they deliver can be deliriously tragic or absolutely hilarious. To sum it up, the story simply doesn't matter, because Wong gives us so much more.
As an extra audio treat, we are often presented with some of the most mesmorising soundtracks through his films. His love of Western and Latin American music give his films a unique feel amongst East Asian cinema. The pieces selected are often very moody, lending to the hypnotic visuals. Otherwise, they are usually symbolic, and often repeated several times throughout the film. For some, this is irritating. For others (like me), this just adds to the complete picture.
All that aside, the most important part of a Wong Kar Wai film are the visuals. He uses a variety of camera angles and colour schemes to achieve what I have mentioned before as his famous mesmorising, hypnotic cinematographic style, with the aid of Christopher Doyle.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Gibson on 23 Aug. 2011
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well done Tartan, lovely boxset, great quality and amazing films

best film was as tears go by but others are great too

thank you for reading
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By Anty on 10 Aug. 2010
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The other review mentions everything you need to know. I'm simply backing up that is a worthy product and worked out a lot cheaper buying this boxset. Also having the original cantonese is nice. Anyway, i thought this item was worth the money. Good films too of course!
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