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Happy Together (1997)

Chun gwong cha sit (original title)
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A couple take a trip to Argentina but both men find their lives drifting apart in opposite directions.

Director:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

Writer:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)
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Cast

Credited cast:
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 Gregory Dayton ... Lover
Shirley Kwan ... (scenes cut)
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Storyline

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. A disillusioned Yiu-Fai starts working at a tango bar to save up for his trip home. When a beaten and bruised Po-Wing reappears, Yiu-Fai is empathetic but is unable to enter a more intimate relationship. After all, Po-Wing is not ready to settle down. Yiu-Fai now works in a Chinese restaurant and meets the youthful Chang from Taiwan. Uhf zacnjb-Fai's life takes on a new spin, while Po-Wing's life shatters continually in contrast. Written by Perry Yu <perry@pobox.com>

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Genres:

Drama | Romance

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Country:

Hong Kong | Japan | South Korea

Language:

Mandarin | Cantonese | Spanish

Release Date:

30 May 1997 (Hong Kong) See more »

Also Known As:

Happy Together See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$153,096, 14 November 1997

Gross USA:

$187,508, 23 November 1997
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's English title "Happy Together" was taken from a 1967 song by The Turtles. A cover version of the song, performed by Danny Chung, plays at the end of the movie. See more »

Goofs

Before Fai push starts the old car, the engine has already started while it is standing still. See more »

Quotes

Ho Po-wing: Do you regret being with me?
Lai Yiu-fai: Damn right I do! I had no regrets until I met you. Now my regrets could kill me.
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Crazy Credits

In some prints, Jacques Picoux (the French subtitle translator) is listed twice in a row in the closing credits. See more »


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I Have Been In You
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Cinema of poetry
21 October 2002 | by ZeGattiSee all my reviews

Aw-kommon's notes on "Happy Together" are typical of those who cannot approach a film without aligning it with definite paradigms and secure standards. In this case, the paradigm is "Midnight Cowboy" -- a film that belongs to a totally different genre, was written and shot according to "naturalistic" procedures of Hollywood commercial cinema and, most of all, deals with romance from a quite different perspective. In "Midnight Cowboy" redemption of homoeroticism comes through death, a strategy that was quite revealing of the morals that prevailed at the time the movie was produced. "Happy Together", on the other hand, deals with romance as if it could have been homo-, hetero- or whatever, and even though homoeroticism is such an essential element to the narrative, the protagonists'love affair is a pretext for the emergence of their decentered identities, their search for love and friendship and, most important, it ends on a note of hope of future encounters. All that in a poetic tone, one that demands a continuous esthetic reconstruction, hardly understood (or accepted) by those who are encapsulated in a world of conventional filmmaking.


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