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As Tears Go By (1988)
"Wong Gok ka moon" (original title)

 |  Crime, Drama, Romance  |  2 May 2008 (USA)
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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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Wah
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Ngor
Jacky Cheung ...
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
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Chi Fai Chan ...
Billiard parlor thug
Man-Ho Chan
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Wah's triad elder
Wing-Cheung Cheung ...
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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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$4,279 (USA) (2 May 2008)

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$8,440 (USA) (9 May 2008)
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First film directed by Kar Wai Wong. See more »

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Wah's facial bruises shift tremendously near the final scene from the time he got on the bus to the time he met Fly. See more »

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Wah: I just wanted to say...I found that glass.
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Written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock
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Equally Watchable As "A Better Tomorrow"!
15 July 2000 | by (Hong Kong) – See all my reviews

Two superstars who dominated the Hong Kong art movies in 90's were produced by this movie, Kar-Wai Wong and Maggie Cheung, although to a large extent "As Tears Go By" is a commercial movie. Maggie Cheung has said it was the first time she knew acting was something beyond making simple expression. Before "As Tears Go By", she was a "vase" rather than a professional actress. The story talks about two gangsters and their friendship. Very typical style of Hong Kong gangster movies. But with a good script and a good director, the movie is indeed very watchable. Wong made the movie visually very attractive. The camera movement and angle are remarkable and in fact have showed the style we can see later in Wong's "Chungking Express"(1994). Equally outstanding is the description to the characters especially the one played by Jacky Cheung - a loser who are willing to give up his life in order to obtain a very short-term respect. All the actors performed very well. The style is very different from that of other gangster movies. May not be better than, but at least equally watchable as "A Better Tomorrow" of John Woo and absolutely a movie worth seeing.


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