Set in 1960, the film centres on the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy, who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute who raised him that she is not his real mother. Hoping to hold onto him, she ... See full summary »
Providing an image of the daily life of ordinary Shanghai people, the story is carried out over two periods: from the 1960s to the mid-1970s, the end of the Cultural Revolution; and from the 1980s to the start of the 21st century.
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
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This film has been described as a Hong Kong "Mean Streets." It is certainly a violent film, but Kar Wai Wong is not Martin Scorsese.
Wong had written over a dozen films before he wrote this one, but it is significant because it is his directorial debut. It shows future promise that will be fulfilled in In the Mood for Love, which starred Maggie Cheung; and Happy Together. Of course, my favorite is the magnificent 2046 with Maggie Cheung, Li Gong and Ziyi Zhang.
Andy Lau spends his time keeping his hotheaded brother (Jacky Cheung) out of trouble, and romancing Cheung.
The film received a slew of nominations, but wins for Jacky Cheung as Best Supporting actor, and William Chang for art direction.
Fantastic music, in my humble opinion, featuring Take My Breath Away.
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