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30 May 1997 (Hong Kong) See more »
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... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A film about alienation - inside and outside See more (70 total) »


  (in credits order)

Leslie Cheung ... Ho Po-wing

Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Lai Yiu-fai (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)

Chen Chang ... Chang
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Gregory Dayton ... Lover
Shirley Kwan ... (scenes cut)

Directed by
Kar-Wai Wong  (as Kar Wai Wong)
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kar-Wai Wong  (as Kar Wai Wong)

Produced by
Ye-cheng Chan .... producer
Kar-Wai Wong .... executive producer (as Kar Wai Wong)
Original Music by
Danny Chung 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Film Editing by
William Chang 
Ming Lam Wong 
Production Design by
William Chang 
Art Direction by
William Chang 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Johnnie Kong .... assistant director (as Johnny Kwong)
Art Department
Marcelo Bosco .... assistant art director: argentina
Maria Janello .... assistant art director: argentina
Wing Cheong Tam .... props
Wing Hung Tam .... props assistant
Nien-Chung Wen .... assistant art director
Jo Johannes .... assistant art director: argentina (uncredited)
Sound Department
Siu-Lung Ching .... sound effects editor
Hing-Keung Lee .... assistant sound mixer
Chi-tat Leung .... sound mixer
Duu-Chih Tu .... sound editor
Terry Tu .... sound re-recording mixer - uncredited
Special Effects by
Tom Cundom .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Wing-Hong Ha .... still photographer
Po Wing Ho .... assistant camera
Chi-Chiu Lee .... still photographer
Alicia Schemper .... still photographer
Casting Department
Nomeri Granata .... casting
Rosa Seco .... extras casting
Location Management
Ignacio Barbe .... location manager: argentina
Mario Lopez Barriero .... location manager: argentina
Stella Maris Iglesias .... location manager: argentina (as Stella Iglesias)
Music Department
Danny Chung .... music supervisor
Siu-Lam Tang .... music editor
Other crew
Aili Chen .... continuity: argentina (as Aili Meng Teu Chen)
Juan Carlos Copes .... choreographer: argentina
Diego Erreka .... production assistant (as Diego Erreca)
James Sit La Vianda .... caterer: argentina
Laurita Lin .... translator: argentina
Marcos Maffulli .... security: argentina
Jacques Picoux .... french subtitling
Tony Rayns .... english subtitling
Petra Maria Loaiza Roque .... translator: argentina
Chao-En Wei .... chinese subtitling
Joe Wong .... translator: argentina
Leticia Yeh .... production secretary: argentina

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Also Known As:
"Chun gwong cha sit" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Buenos Aires" - Japan (English title) (imdb display title)
"Buenos Aires Affair" - International (English title)
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96 min
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Tony Chiu-Wai Leung was unaware that his character does boxing. Kar-Wai Wong made Chiu Wai take boxing lessons and later filmed fight scenes that were cut from the final film. Wong said Chiu Wai's performance was improved because of the energy he had from boxing.See more »
Continuity: Before Fai push starts the old car, the engine has already started while it is standing still.See more »
Lai Yiu-fai:I didn't see Chang, but I saw his family. I finally understood how he could be happy running around so free. It's because he has a place he can always return to.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in In the Mood for Love (2000)See more »
Chunga's RevengeSee more »


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33 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
A film about alienation - inside and outside, 18 April 2005

In "Happy Together" Director Wong Kar Wai tells us the story of a relationship that does not survive the alienation inside and outside.

The film is set in Argentina where two lovers are stranded because they don't have enough money to return to their native Hong Kong.

The film shows us that Fai and Po-wing are unable to find equality or balance in their relationship. It is a story about the way most relationships are defined by the balance of power.. and how this leads to despair. Fai reflects that their relationship was the happiest when Po-wing was ill and had to be cared for like a child. As Po Wing's health improves Fai draws away from him and refuses his attempts of closeness, illustrated by the constant battles over couch and bed. When Po-Wing is well enough to go out again by himself the balance of the power in relationship shifts. Po-wing slowly but surely slips away into the world of hustling. He never finds his way back to Fai who eventually saves enough money to go home.

Both are emotionally devastated by the loss of their lover. We only see them being happy together in a glimpse, as they dance a slow dance together in their room. It seems the happiness in their relationship that Fai refers to in connection with Po-Wing's illness, is an isolated kind of happiness that he himself enjoys without Po-wing's knowledge. If they are ever indeed Happy Together we see it only in facial expressions, in their tone of voice but these are expressions of love and tenderness that never seem to reach the surface that remain unspoken.

Wong Kar Wai's visual style is absolutely stunning. He conveys the alienation inside the relationship - and the alienation outside - (I am referring to the fact that they are in a different country) through colors and camera-movements. We are constantly looking at the protagonists from a corner high above or through the window of a seedy bar. Every single shot feels claustrophobic and it irritates the viewer. It makes the viewer long for closeness and clarity. It imitates the longing of the characters and their attempts - and failure - at connecting to each other. Their feelings, as does the eye of the lens, float above them in a silent, detached loneliness.

"Happy Together" is one of those films that I do not really enjoy watching. It is actually physically painful to watch because it hurts the eye as much as it hurts the soul. The film makes its style and subject matter into one flesh, a "happy" marriage of form and content.


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