- Actors: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau
- Directors: Wong Kar-Wai
- Format: PAL
- Language: Mandarin Chinese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Tartan
- DVD Release Date: 24 Jan. 2005
- Run Time: 94 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0006M4S7I
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Days Of Being Wild [DVD] 
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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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Someone, please, bring out a proper version so you can take my money!
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.Read more ›
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...
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...Read more ›
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4 stars because it is a classic great film but it was dubbed very badly in Mandarin and even the soundtrack has been replaced in parts!!! Very disappointingPublished 9 months ago by Glassyswell
You can't go wrong with Wong Kar-Wai. Not as effectively produced as 'in the mood' or '2046', (some poor dubbing- on subtitles?!), but still a beautiful film. p.s. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is a disappointing version as it has been dubbed into Mandarin and the soundtrack altered destroying one of the most key moments of this film.Published 18 months ago by Amazon Customer
This 1990 film effectively marked a breakthrough in the career of Hong Kong's adopted son Wong Kar-wai and whilst disappointing rather at the box office was lauded by the critics. Read morePublished on 9 Jan. 2013 by Keith M
There's only a couple wild scenes in this film. Most of the time, Leslie Cheung slouches around, his expression distant. That pretty well sums up the tone of the movie. Read morePublished on 14 July 2007 by J. A. Eyon
"Days of Being Wild", directed by Wong Kar Wai, is a well-made film about failed relationships, and the man that causes them to fail. Read morePublished on 17 Oct. 2006 by B. Alcat