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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

Writers:

Manuel Puig (novel), 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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Trivia

Production lasted much longer than Wong Kar-Wai's other films because he was constantly changing things and was unsure what direction the story would take. Shooting began without a proper script and the plot was extensively altered during filming. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

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.
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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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Bar Sur II
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Brilliant & Touching Story of loneliness & dislocation
16 September 2003 | by davidalsSee all my reviews

I didn't think so the first time I saw HAPPY TOGETHER, but I really think this film is a masterpiece. Technically it's amazing - the hand-held camera-work is incredible, and the mindbending shifts from saturated colors to monochrome (which I first felt was a stylish stunt) really underscores the loneliness and alienation of the characters brilliantly - the overall effect by the films' end is devastating.

HAPPY TOGETHER was apparently also - at least partially - inspired by the Argentine novelist Manuel Puig, author of 'Kiss Of The Spider Woman' among many other novels, and Puig's fiction tackles similar issues in a similarly fractured style (filled with footnotes, digressions and sudden shifts in perspective), all to incredibly powerful emotional effect.

If HAPPY TOGETHER is something of an homage to Puig, it's a great one. On it's own it's also a devastating portrait of a disintegrating relationship.


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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:

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,200,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$320,319

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$320,319
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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