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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.

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(as Kar Wai Wong)

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Cast

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

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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2 May 2008 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Carmen of the Streets  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

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

Goofs

Wah and Ngor knock over the ice bucket yet in the following close-up the bucket stands up with water and ice in it. See more »

Quotes

Wah: I did a lot of things for our godfather too. By the age of 14, I was already getting paid to kill. I've got more guts than most guys, right? But look at me now. I'm just an ordinary guy!
Fly: At least you were a hotshot for a while! But what about me? What about me? Everyone looks down on me. Does that make you happy? People think I'm nothing, like some stray dog just following you around! Did you know that? I'd rather be a hero for one day than go on being a fly all my life!
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Take My Breath Away
Written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock
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An average film with some nice touches
26 July 2002 | by (Cambridge, England) – See all my reviews

For me, Kar-Wai is one of the great contemporary directors. This is his first feature, and is rather a conventional Hong Kong gangster movie. However, it already has elements of the visual style and technical flourish that are utilised so well in his later more complex films. An average film with some nice touches, but certainly worth watching for Kar-Wai fans.


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