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Days of Being Wild (1990)

Ah fei zing zyun (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 15 December 1990 (Hong Kong)
A man tries to find out who his real mother is after the woman who raised him tells him the truth.

Director:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

Writers:

Jeffrey Lau, Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Cheung ... Yuddy
Maggie Cheung ... Su Li-zhen
Andy Lau ... Tide
Carina Lau ... Leung Fung-ying
Rebecca Pan ... Rebecca (as Tik-Wa Poon)
Jacky Cheung ... Zeb
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Chow Mo-wan (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Danilo Antunes Danilo Antunes ... Rebecca's Lover
Mei-Mei Hung Mei-Mei Hung ... The Amah
Ling-Hung Ling Ling-Hung Ling ... Nurse
Tita Muñoz Tita Muñoz ... Yuddy's Mother
Alicia Alonzo ... Housekeeper
Elena Lim So Elena Lim So ... Hotel Manageress
Maritoni Fernandez ... Hotel Maid
Angela Ponos Angela Ponos ... Prostitute
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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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

15 December 1990 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Days of Being Wild See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$18,090, 21 November 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$141,864, 10 April 2005
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Company Credits

Production Co:

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

This is the first part of Wong Kar Wai's trilogy, the 2nd is In the Mood for Love (2000) and the last one is 2046 (2004). 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

Yuddy: Hey, have you heard of a kind of bird...
Tide: [interrupting] The kind without legs, right? This kind of nonsense can only fool the girls!
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Soundtracks

Jungle Drums (Cantonese cover)
Composed by E. Lecuona & J. Cacabas
Lyrics by Sharon Chung
Performed by Anita Mui
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Challenging but the payoff is worthwhile
17 September 2014 | by rooprectSee all my reviews

Kar Wai Wong's 2nd feature film is considerably more abstract than his first "As Tears Go By". so if you're looking for a good first Kar Wai Wong film to watch, you should probably start there.

"Days of Being Wild" reminded me very much of the classic French book "The Stranger" by Albert Camus; in fact I wonder if Kar Wai Wong may have been influenced by that book. Both stories center around a young man who is very unemotional except at times of explosive violence. Both stories show the young man to have severe mommy issues, i.e. a disconnection from his mother resulting in never learning how to show love and caring. And in both stories, the main character follows a very existentialistic path in life. He goes wherever life may take him with no connection to people or places.

The main character is not very likable. In fact he's a downright jerk toward women. But this ties in with the story of him trying to find his mother who abandoned him when he was a child. At the same time we see the interweaving of 4 other characters: 2 girlfriends, 1 devoted friend who falls for one of the girlfriends, and a policeman who enters the story by chance. Oh yeah, there's also the young man's rich aunt (adoptive mother) and a string of men she keeps.

It may be tough keeping up with all the characters, especially when the story starts moving to different locations. Certain events may seem random, but in the end it all comes together with a very poetic thought.

If you're a cinema geek, you'll love this film for its sheer technical achievements. A lot of scenes are shot with reflections & mirrors, allowing us to see the faces of different people simultaneously (without the camera jumping back & forth to whoever is talking). For example, the camera may be on a woman while she talks to a man. He is in front of the camera with his back to us, but we see his face & expressions in the reflection of a bathroom mirror behind the woman. Yea, I'm a cinema geek so I love stuff like that. If you like little details, you'll have a great time watching "Days of Being Wild".


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