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As Tears Go By (1988)

Wang Jiao ka men (original title)
Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly.


(as Kar Wai Wong)


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Credited cast:
Ronald Wong ...
To-Hoi Kong ...
Fat Carl
Ching Wai ...
Uncle Kwan
Kau Lam ...
Uncle Ba
Ngor's doctor
Ang Wong ...
Pa-Ching Huang ...
Boss of Mahjong Den
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi Fai Chan ...
Billiard parlor thug
Man-Ho Chan
Wah's triad elder
Wing-Cheung Cheung ...


A low-level triad "big brother" has a hot-tempered "little brother" who can't keep out of trouble, and consequently is in constant need of being bailed out by his protector. The "big brother" is super cool, but lacks the ambition to rise in the ranks of the triad societies - and once he meets his cousin from Kowloon and falls in love with her, he even thinks about leaving "the life". Written by L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Release Date:

2 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carmen of the Streets  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,279 (USA) (2 May 2008)


$8,440 (USA) (9 May 2008)

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1.85 : 1
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First film directed by Kar-Wai Wong. See more »


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Dated, but a well thought out story of taboo romance and complex sibling rivalry.
1 February 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Kar-Wai's first film is more in line with the cinematography of other late 80's Hong Kong movies rather than his renown obscure style, seen later on in films like Chungking Express or In the Mood For Love. The characters are also normal in comparison to his later films too, as they take on archetypes seen in many Triad flicks from this era. The writing is classic Wong Kar-Wai however, and what he does with the characters is more interesting then their personalities themselves. In other words their actions speak volumes louder than their dialogue. Andy Lau plays a low-level Triad thug who in hopes of climbing the underworld's ranks becomes held down by his younger brother played by Jacky Cheung. The pair work well together and you begin to like the dynamic bond between them. Trouble ensues between the pair and their gang, and many hard decisions await Andy Lau as he tries to straighten out both his reckless brother and forbidden romance on the side. The ending has a real impact and Wong Kar-Wai's direction is responsible for such a memorable story. Although it feels Kar-Wai wasn't fully at the reigns of this one with some mediocre moments, overall his efforts can be felt wholeheartedly and the passion shines through to deliver a good experience. -7/10

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