MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Down 9,439 this week

Days of Being Wild (1990)
"Ah fei zing zyun" (original title)

7.6
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.6/10 from 9,511 users   Metascore: 96/100
Reviews: 34 user | 55 critic | 14 from Metacritic.com

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:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

Alpha House Premieres Today

All ten episodes of the second season of "Alpha House" are available starting today. Watch them now, only on Prime Instant Video.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 44 titles
created 23 Dec 2011
 
a list of 23 titles
created 24 Oct 2012
 
a list of 35 titles
created 15 Oct 2013
 
a list of 45 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 3 weeks ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Days of Being Wild (1990)

Days of Being Wild (1990) on IMDb 7.6/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Days of Being Wild.

User Polls

7 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Mystery | 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
2046 (2004)
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    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
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 | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A graying black-clad swordsman slays palace guards, as he flies through the air to an uncertain purpose. Centuries (or is it days?) later, gun-toting, Armani-clad super policemen -- Hong ... See full summary »

Directors: David Lai, Corey Yuen
Stars: Andy Lau, Anita Mui, Aaron Kwok
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young 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
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
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
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
The Ferryman (2015)
Drama | Romance

A young woman falls in love with married painter Ma Li, whose wife is unfaithful to him.

Director: Kar Wai Wong
Stars: Wei Tang, Gianna Jun, Tony Chiu Wai Leung
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A well-known gangster is released from prison, and decides look for his daughter with the help of a troubled young woman.

Director: Tung Cho 'Joe' Cheung
Stars: Alan Tang, Elizabeth Lee, Simon Yam
Six Days (Video 2002)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

DJ Shadow video directed by Wong Kar Wai. A man tries to erase all traces of his former lover only to realize the futility of the attempt.

Director: Kar Wai Wong
Stars: Chen Chang, Danielle Graham
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Cheung ...
...
...
...
Rebecca Pan ...
Rebecca (as Tik-Wa Poon)
Jacky Cheung ...
Zeb
...
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

Su Lizhen also appears in another Kar Wai Wong's film In the Mood for Love (2000). Both Su Lizhens are played by Maggie Cheung, although it has never been clearly indicated that both Lizhens are the same character. 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

Spoofed in All's Well, Ends Well 2009 (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

Always In My Heart
Performed by Los Indios Tabajaras
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

three beautiful stories in one about quests for friendship - my favourite WKW
7 August 2001 | by (Amsterdam, Netherlands) – See all my reviews

There is a two-minute action sequence, but that is NOT what this masterpiece is about. 'Days of being wild' has to be the best film of Wong Kar-Wai or at least MY favourite. There are three stories (in one) that feel like film-noir now and then, but are principally about the distance in several different relationships. Kar-Wai lets his characters struggle with urban loneliness and lets them search indefinitely, unable to settle down. They only have the chance to create 'One Minute Friendships' that might seem magic but don't offer satisfaction and have to be ended. The quest continues. Won Kar-Wai poses the question whether you have lived actually when you've searched all your life for friendship/love. Two or three voice-overs scarcely help the portrayal of the characters, but only when the story allows it. I prefer this film over Chungking Express anytime. One reason for that is the great use of music here, while his other films tend to drown in the excessive use of western music. The acting is also really brilliant in this eclectic work.

Subtle and masterly cinematography by Christopher Doyle (Chungking Express, Fallen Angels '95): less colorful than 'In the mood for love', but therefore more applicable for the fifties. Moreover, the dynamics are also much more subtle than everything Kar-Wai and Doyle have done up till now. In contrast: Happy Together and Fallen Angels were brilliantly photographed because there it was more appropriate to use dynamic cinematography (more temperament). It's only Kar-Wai's second film but still his most solid and memorable and maybe even more internationally appealing than 'In the mood for love', without making compromises or getting sentimental. I just can't think of anything that is not good in 'Days of being wild'.

10 points out of 10 :-)


32 of 39 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Recommended order of watching WKW's films Jazzaloha
The music anuj016
this film's mood shard-1
Music? nsp007
How are In The Mood For Love, 2046, and Days of Being Wild Related moogjb
Which version of the DVD should I get? MissManson83
Discuss Days of Being Wild (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?