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Days of Being Wild (1990)

Ah fei zing zyun (original title)
A man tries to find out who his real mother is after the woman who raised him tells him the truth.

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Rebecca (as Tik-Wa Poon)
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Zeb
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Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Danilo Antunes ...
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Mei-Mei Hung ...
The Amah
Ling-Hung Ling ...
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Yuddy's Mother
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Hotel Maid
Angela Ponos ...
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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

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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15 December 1990 (Hong Kong)  »

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Days of Being Wild  »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$18,090, 21 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$141,864, 10 April 2005
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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.
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Connections

Followed by In the Mood for Love (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Jungle Drums (Cantonese cover)
Composed by E. Lecuona & J. Cacabas
Lyrics by Sharon Chung
Performed by Anita Mui
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A film with life of its own
28 February 2001 | by See all my reviews

It made me feel like becoming a stalker, following the characters around; or it's like secretly opening other people's mail and reading their letters. Although nothing happened, somehow I was thrilled.

"While you live, nothing happens. The scenery changes, people come in and go out, that's all. There are no beginnings. Days add on to days without rhyme or reason, an interminable and monotonous addition...

But when you tell about a life, everything changes; ... events take place in one direction, and we tell about them in the opposite direction.... The story is going on backwards: moments have stopped piling themselves happy-go-luckily one on top of the other, they are caught up by the end of the story which draws them on and each one of them in turn the previous moment..." -- Jean-Paul Satre "Nausea"

If a normal film tells a story, this film makes you feel like living through it. Following the grand "French New Wave" tradition, it is as good as it gets.


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