7.6/10
12,735
35 user 58 critic

Days of Being Wild (1990)

Ah fei zing zyun (original title)
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 »

Director:

(as Kar Wai Wong)

Writers:

, (as Kar Wai Wong)
17 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

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.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift. A disillusioned Yiu-Fai starts working at a... See full summary »

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to carry out his contract killings.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung
Fallen Angels (1995)
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool, detached partner. Thinking it's dangerous and improper to become involved with a ... See full summary »

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro
2046 (2004)
Drama | Romance | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The women who enter a science fiction author's life, over the course of a few years, after the author loses the woman he considers his one true love.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Faye Wong
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Two neighbors, a woman and a man, form a strong bond after both suspect extramarital activities of their spouses. However, they agree to keep their bond platonic so as not to commit similar wrongs.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Maggie Cheung, Ping Lam Siu
Action | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The story of martial-arts master Ip Man, the man who trained Bruce Lee.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Ziyi Zhang, Jin Zhang
Short | Romance | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Archival footage from classic Hong Kong films set to music.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young loney woman takes a soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way.

Director: Kar-Wai Wong
Stars: Norah Jones, Jude Law, Natalie Portman
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

The story of two men, who met as apprentices in the Peking Opera, and stayed friends for over 50 years.

Director: Kaige Chen
Stars: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Li Gong
Eros (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

Three short films -- one each from directors Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh and Wong Kar Wai -- address the themes of love and sex.

Directors: Michelangelo Antonioni, Steven Soderbergh, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Li Gong, Chen Chang, Feng Tien
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
Rebecca (as Tik-Wa Poon)
...
Zeb
...
Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Danilo Antunes ...
Rebecca's Lover
Mei-Mei Hung ...
The Amah
Ling-Hung Ling ...
Nurse
Tita Muñoz ...
Yuddy's Mother
Alicia Alonzo ...
Housekeeper
Elena Lim So ...
Hotel Manageress
Maritoni Fernandez ...
Hotel Maid
Angela Ponos ...
Prostitute
Edit

Storyline

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 refuses to divulge the name of his real birth mother. The revelation shakes Yuddy to his very core, unleashing a cascade of conflicting emotions. Two women have the bad luck to fall for Yuddy. One is a quiet lass named Su Lizhen who works at a sports arena, while the other is a glitzy showgirl named Mimi. Perhaps due to his unresolved Oedipal issues, he passively lets the two compete for him, unable or unwilling to make a choice. As Lizhen slowly confides her frustration to a cop named Tide, he falls for her. The same is true for Yuddy's friend Zeb, who falls for Mimi. Later, Yuddy learns of his birth mother's whereabouts and heads out to the Philippines. Written by van_whistler@hotmail.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Unrated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Release Date:

15 December 1990 (Hong Kong)  »

Also Known As:

Days of Being Wild  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$18,090 (USA) (19 November 2004)

Gross:

$141,864 (USA) (8 April 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This gets its name from the title given to Rebel Without a Cause (1955) when it was released in China. See more »

Goofs

When Tide checks into the hotel, the hotel manageress hands him the key to Room 206. However, in the next scene, Tide uses the key to enter Room 204. This, however, may not be so much a 'goof' as another recurrence of the number '2046' seen so often in Wong Kar-Wai's films. See more »

Quotes

Su Lizhen: I always thought one minute flies by. But sometimes it really lingers on. Once, a person pointed at his watch and said to me, that because of that minute, he'd always remember me. It was so charming listening to that. But now I look at my watch and tell myself that I have to forget this man starting this very minute.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Days of Being Wrinkle Free (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Jungle Drums (Cantonese cover)
Performed by Anita Mui
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A tragic, supreme meditation on youth, with an impressionable cast
20 November 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The only other film of Wong Kar-Wai's I have seen is Chungking Express, which asks a second viewing on account of not, like with a Godard film, being able to really soak up everything that he was putting forth with his characters. On the other hand, his second film I have seen, Days of Being Wild, kept me in tune from start to finish. His film is one of what I completely understand, and find emotionally fulfilling, as it deals with people and themes that are universal. At the core is the basic premise that in youth we don't know where we're going, we may feel like we're 'not all there', and being on our own scrambles us up. With his principals, Kar-Wai delivers a love story about what it means to be in love, or not, and how it affects the people around us.

The late Leslie Cheung is our main protagonist, who at the start of the film woos a worker in a stadium, played by Maggie Cheung, and they start up a relationship that seems to go nowhere. Leslie Cheung's Yuddy is the usual kind of angry young man of the late 50's, early 60's, with violent tendencies and a level of detached mood from his counterparts. But he also has a sense of longing, for his parents he's never known (his 'aunt' is rather selfish) and perhaps for something he never says outright. There is also a supporting story involving, and soon co-coinciding with Yuddy's, with a cop wanting to be a sailor (Andy Lau as Tide), who has a sense of quiet longing after becoming interested in one of Yuddy's frustrated girlfriends (Carina Lau as Leung Fung-Ying). By the time the last half hour kicks in, the main focus of the story comes in, at least for our two main heroes, and for the women in the story.

Cheung and Cheung give many of the more powerful scenes in the picture, with dramatic tension and the kind of fun youth posses. But also, Lau is rather remarkable in his supporting role even when we are basically following him around, himself in his own thoughts we only hear occasionally in voice-over (as with a couple of the other characters). More often than not, Kar-Wai wisely chooses to bring more mood to the story than actual plot contrivances or twists like in a common teen love story. While some passages are rather blunt in this respect (i.e. the quote about the bird with no legs, a fitting, stark image), they seem to work. That there is not much violence as could be expected from a title like this is also a pleasant surprise.

Adding to all of this, there is Christopher Doyle behind a camera that moves much like is was guided by a next-generation Raul Coutard. Some shots are impressive just by being elaborate (like when we glide from the street up the stairs to a lunch-hall where Yuddy is at in the Philippines). Other are more subtle, with the emphasis of darkness and light a voracious method to bring out the kinds of moods in these characters. Early on in the film, as in midway as well, some of the close-ups (like with two lovers in an intimate moment) are of the highest quality in artistry. Doyle, who ended up working on Kar-Wai on most of his films, displays foremost a wandering, intuitive approach that bring Days of Being Wild somewhere special, if not perfect.

Simply put, this film may be more directed to a specific kind of audience (art-house/Hong-Kong film buffs) than a mainstream romance/youth picture, but it doesn't compromise any of its integrity.


14 of 19 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?