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As Tears Go By (1988)

Wong Gok ka moon (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 2 May 2008 (USA)
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
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2 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Credited cast:
Andy Lau ... Wah
Maggie Cheung ... Ngor
Jacky Cheung ... Fly
Alex Man ... Tony
Ronald Wong ... Site
To-Hoi Kong To-Hoi Kong ... Fat Carl
Ching Wai Ching Wai ... Uncle Kwan
Kau Lam ... Uncle Ba
William Chang ... Ngor's doctor
Ang Wong Ang Wong ... Mabel
Pa-Ching Huang Pa-Ching Huang ... Boss of Mahjong Den
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chi-Fai Chan ... Billiard parlor thug
Man-Ho Chan Man-Ho Chan
Tseng Chang ... Wah's triad elder
Wing-Cheung Cheung Wing-Cheung Cheung ... Bodyguard
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Storyline

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 L.H. Wong <as9401k56@ntuvax.ntu.ac.sg>

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Plot Keywords:

gang | thug | triad | mob hit | anti hero | See All (146) »

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Trivia

First film directed by Kar-Wai Wong. See more »

Goofs

In a scene Wah incidentally encountered Mabel which was supposed to rain heavily, there were many people across the street seen walking nonchalantly, suggesting that the rain was in fact a custom set. See more »

Quotes

Wah: I just wanted to say...I found that glass.
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Alternate Versions

When released in the UK, this title was cut by 17 seconds. According to the BBFC: Two cuts were made to reduce the level of extreme violence in the video One of the cuts seems to be in the scene where Jacky Cheung is attacked by some men. One of them grabs a small metal gas bottle and throws it at Cheung's chest. You see a shot of the guy throwing it, but then you only see the bottle already by the side of Cheung's body, who's screaming in pain, after the impact. The other cut was to shots of Wah being beaten with a baseball bat. The cuts were waived for the 2005 Tartan DVD. See more »

Soundtracks

Take My Breath Away
Written by Giorgio Moroder and Tom Whitlock
Performed by Sandy Lam
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Streets of Mean
12 June 2005 | by tedgSee all my reviews

No better one day film school can be found in watching "Mean Streets" and then this.

Superficially they seem the same and Kar-Wai has told us that he patterned this, his first feature after Scorsese's first.

Here's the lesson: Scorsese belongs to a school of thinking where actors create characters, real extreme and powerful characters. These characters literally create the situations around them. The filmmaker's job is to attach the camera to the characters. Nearly all Italian and Italian-American filmmakers believe this. This is fine if you can live on espresso, but most of us in a film life need something to sustain us.

Kar-Wai in his later films is clearly in another camp. He literally starts with no script. He creates a cinematic tone. Into that tone is spun a place and his actors are expected to find their way within it. Only then do we see characters, and the camera is never, ever glued to personalities.

It is a world of difference, as different as people who can talk only about other people contrasted to those who can create another world in a conversation.

Sooner or later, all lucid watchers must make a choice about how big their film universe can be. This was Kar-Wai's beginning. It is hard to see unless you know his later stuff. But it is there, like the pollen in the air.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.


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Country:

Hong Kong

Language:

Cantonese

Release Date:

2 May 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

As Tears Go By See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,279, 4 May 2008

Gross USA:

$9,436

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$13,133
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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