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Days of Being Wild [Import]


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  • Actors: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Rebecca Pan
  • Directors: Kar Wai Wong
  • Writers: Kar Wai Wong, Jeffrey Lau
  • Producers: Alan Tang, Rover Tang, Wing-Kwong Chan
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, Tagalog
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • Release Date: Sept. 1 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002X7GWU

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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Jan. 7 2007
Format: DVD
"Days of Being Wild", directed by Wong Kar Wai, is a well-made film about failed relationships, and the man that causes them to fail. It is a film about love, and about wanting what we cannot have. It is full of angst, but also of some very poetic moments, that make you realize the reason why you must pay attention whenever Wong Kar Wai's name is mentioned.

Yuddy (Leslie Cheung) is the "Don Juan" that makes women fall in love with him, and then forgets them. First he meets Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung), a shy woman that looks at him in a different way when he shows his charming side, telling her "At one minute before 3pm on April the 16th, 1960, you're together with me. Because of you, I'll remember that one minute. From now on, we're friends for one minute. This is a fact, you can't deny. It's done". The second woman he plays with is a showgirl named Mimi (Carina Lau), someone who knows the rules of the game but that is also likely to be hurt by Yuddy. But then, that is nothing less that the direct consequence of loving someone that likes to tell the story of "a kind of bird without legs that can only fly and fly, and sleep in the wind when it is tired. The bird only lands once in its life... that's when it dies"...

Of course, there is more to "Days of being wild" than the tale of Yuddy and the two women that love him. This film is also the story of Yuddy's search for his real mother, and of the love of two men for Su Lizhen and Mimi. Why do we want the things and people that we cannot have? This movie doesn't give an answer, but shows us how that can happen. It is not nice, but it is real, and somehow heartbreaking.

All in all, I can say that I recommend "Days of being wild". It is not my favorite Wong Kar Wai film, but it is worthwhile seeing, and that is the reason why I give it 3.5 stars.

Belen Alcat
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Format: DVD
A very good story, not nearly as beautiful as "In the Mood for Love" or "2046" -- but the cause might be a print that is not "modernized" the way they do these days. Dark and shadowy.

Excellent insight into troubled youth who want freedom so much, and promptly do everything wrong with it. This movie is similiar (surprisingly) to Rebel without a Cause (part of the "Ah Fei" genre, which was the original title of the Chinese release of Rebel).

Tony Leung's character is introduce in the epologue, and in what he still says is probably his finest 3 minutes on film -- though not speaking a single word or even having a character name -- we find out a huge amount about his character. The Epilogue was originally filmed as the teaser for the sequel; but was so well done, they included it in the movie to terrific effect. The sequel never happened, and the storyline was transferred to 2046 (making it probably way more complex with subplots then originally intended).

** some spoilers **

One of the themes is that of a "leg-less bird that can never land .. except when it dies". The story was made up to seduce women, but is also symbolic the youthful desire to have wings; and the irony that the bird was dead from the start due to what we find out about Yuddy's mother.

Other works by Wong Kar Wai: include Chungking Express(which is an excellent "soft" starting point to learn how he films, and get the well restored Criterion release, Fallen Angels (3rd Story originally intended for Chungking Express), In the Mood for Love, 2046. If you like comedy: Chinese Odyssey 2002 (produced by WKW) pokes lots of fun at WKW work and teams up Faye Wong and Tony Leung, and features a good love story and outstanding (WKW team did the music)soundtrack with Tony and Faye doing all the singing. The line from CO2002 that touches this movie is from Tony: "I learned this from My Days of Being Wild".
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Stellar Oct. 12 2004
By Obio Ntia - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
A throwback to 1960's Hong Kong and an essential example of Wong Kar-wai's direction, "Days of Being Wild" is a must-see with its superb casting, camera work, and soundtrack. Leslie Cheung plays Yuddy, a reckless womanizer seeking the identity of his real mother. Andy Lau and Jackie Cheung fall for Leslie Cheung's discarded lovers--Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung) and a dancer called Mimi (Carina Lau). With fine performances all around, "Days of Being Wild" portrays heartbreak and longing as it draws viewers into its moody atmosphere. Arty and worthy of multiple viewings.
41 of 45 people found the following review helpful
...in all the wrong places... Nov. 20 2004
By LGwriter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Days of Being Wild, Wong Kar-Wai's 1991 film, followed his 1988 As Tears Go By and solidified his style. In turn he made these two films after a couple of intriguing, unconventional swordsman-warrior films. It's easy to see why he's now regarded as one of the top Chinese directors; both his subjects and style are unique and captivating.

In Days of Being Wild he casts some of the best young Hong Kong actors then and now--Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau--in a tale of those who look for love and never seem to find it. Or at least not for long at all. When a completely reckless Don Juan type teases a beautiful stadium ticket taker, promising her at their first meeting he'll always remember her for the minute they shared, this is enough to seduce the lonely girl into falling for him, only to have him callously dump her when she asks him to marry her.

While she finds solace by talking to a street cop, the womanizer hooks up with a semi-sleazy dancehall girl, meanwhile roughing up his aunt's suitor for the attempted theft of her pearl earrings. His aunt chides him for driving away her older suitor, yet stoically accepts what he's done; she needs him more than her suitor. She raised him when his mother abandoned him and now is more attached to him than she realized.

The cop leaves his job and becaomes a sailor. The womanizer leaves town and hooks up with the sailor, completely coincidentally. Meanwhile the ticket taker girl and the dancehall girl find their own ways without the love they need, just as the sailor has done, trying to forget the ticket taker with whom he fell in love, never hearing from her, causing him to abandon his street, his town, and put out to sea.

The parable of a legless bird, the womanizer's fictional tale he uses in his seduction ploys, is one that frames this lyrical piece of filmmaking. The endpieces of lush jungle greenery--hundreds of thick palm trees--accompany the voiceover narration of this tale. The completely offbeat music, ranging from salsa to slow romantic dance music--competely Western--to quirky pizzicatos and glissandi, is similarly accompanied by Chris Doyle's assured cinematography. This was the first major Hong Kong film shot by Doyle and his rich style, embracing a wide spectrum of colors and tones is much in evidence, making this, as already noted, a truly unique cinematic experience.

In fact, WKW's collaboration with Doyle here is so complete, careful, well thought out, and subtle, that it would be impossible to imagine one without the other. So too is the use of the completely Western soundtrack. Set in 1960s Hong Kong, the feel of the era is effortlessly captured, also adding to the atmosphere of this rich film.

This is a landmark film in that, for its time, almost 15 years ago, it focused on aspects of life not previously shown in Hong Kong film and was an obvious departure from the martial arts movies American audiences expected from that part of the world. The advent of not only WKW but a number of 4th, 5th, and 6th generation directors from China and HK can easily count Wong Kar Wai as one of its breakthrough filmmakers. And this film is more than ample proof of that.

Loneliness, sadness, restlessness, lust, longing, emptiness. A film that resonates.....

Definitely recommended.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great picture and sound... but... Sept. 13 2009
By R.S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Blu-ray
Terrible english subtitles! This is a Hong Kong release and I have found them to usually have bad english subtitling but I didnt know that when this first came out and went ahead and bought it. The letters are readable but they look like they were translated by someone who didnt have a great grasp on the English language. This is really unfortunate because it is a really great movie as are most by Wong Kar-Wai. I decided to keep both the blu-ray and the Kino standard DVD edition. I can watch the blu-ray and still understand it enough but when I am showing the film to a friend I will pop in the Kino release even though the transfer and sound are far inferior so they can understand the plot.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Terribly inferior subtitling on this release! Oct. 20 2006
By Cody K. - Published on Amazon.com
I acquired the MegaStar/Golden Collection release of Days of Being Wild at a relatively low price. While the video transfer is quite good, the English subtitles are so much of a mess that I had to stop and review several scenes before I could get a sense of the dialog. I've got a high tolerance for the occasional errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation found in subtitles on many otherwise excellent Asian releases of Asian films;

but the subtitles here are so difficult to slog through that the viewer really comes away with a diminished sense of what the film is about.

After watching this version, I rented the Kino release. The subtitles are excellent -- as is the film, of course -- so my advice would be to avoid this one and get the Kino. Also, if ordering used, be sure that the seller is in fact offering the Kino version -- I've seen this one for sale on the Kino page as well, so look closely.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Style and substance unite in this marvelous film... Sept. 1 2011
By Andrew Ellington - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
There are many trilogies made these days. In fact, the trilogy is commonplace almost. There is that Lord of the Rings trilogy that everyone swoons over. There are the Spider-Man and soon to be Batman trilogies. Remember the Indiana Jones trilogy, before the mucked it up with a fourth installment. And then, then there are lesser known trilogies that play out so beautifully on their own you may never realize they are trilogies until it's pointed out to you, but when you watch them in order you see the beautiful depth they create as a `whole'.

I introduce to you Wong Kar-Wai's masterpiece, `Days of Being Wild'.

`Days of Being Wild' is the first film in a series of three (the other two being 2001's `In the Mood for Love' and 2005's `2046'). All three films deal with similar themes and carry on characters from the previous film in order to create a feeling of fluidity. The search for love in all the wrong places and the dismissal of love in all the right places helps establish the initial tone (emotional at least) for these films. Apart, I will always consider `In the Mood for Love' the strongest effort, for it remains the most visually and emotionally transcendent, but `Days of Being Wild' contains a certain structure that makes it more complex and more conceptually interesting.

The film tells of a young playboy named Yuddy who is troubled in his outlook. He's been raised by a reckless woman who he discovers is not his mother. Due to his volatile relationship with his adoptive mother, Yuddy's understanding of women is clouded and so his treatment of them is less than admirable. He trades one in for the next model rather flippantly, with pure disregard for their feelings. Things change for Yuddy when he decides to find his birth mother, a decision that will have dire consequences, but not in the way you'd expect. Left in the wake of his decision is a young dancer with many names who has fallen in love with Yuddy. Drawn into his mystery, this young woman is lost without him despite interest shown by Yuddy's closest friend. Also left to mend a broken heart is Su Li-Zhen, a beautiful woman who was once a love interest of Yuddy who clearly has yet to get over him.

While the overall plot points may feel too simplistic (love, love, love and heartbreak), it is in the execution that truly makes this film (and most all of Wong Kar-Wai's films) spellbinding. With sharp attention to detail, Wong creates a world that is mesmerizing in its authenticity. You can feel the longing in the eyes of these characters; the desperation and frustration that seems through their skin. Wong Kar-Wai has always had a knack for creating atmosphere, which is something that many directors fail to do. Even in some of his lesser successful attempts (such as `My Blueberry Nights'), Wong still accomplishes so much in the vein on pure atmospheric wonderment. You just want to LOOK AT HIS FILMS. In `Days of Being Wild', all of his creative powers come together with astonishing effect. The interwoven storylines play off one another beautifully, and the performances by the entire cast truly elevate the material. Maggie Cheung is beautifully subtle and reserved as the shafted Su Li-Zhen. You can see her heart breaking with every movement; the way she allows her limbs to slack as if she were physically giving up. Carina Lau is simply divine as our dancer, Leung Fung-Ying (or Mimi as she is often referred). She has such dynamic energy in her delivery, proving an unexpected match for Yuddy, but she also has such softly rendered moments that truly help flesh out her character.

But this film is all about Leslie Cheung. He really creates a three-dimensional man in Yuddy. He captures the essence of his spirit, that cool nonchalance, and yet he layers him. We can feel the emotional weight of his life course and the hurt and pain that has chipped away into a seeming arrogance or apathy.

One of the finest performances put to film in the 90's!

In the end, I highly recommend you see this film...but not just this film; watch the whole trilogy. There are few trilogies as rewarding and `complete' as this one. In fact, this may be my favorite `trilogy' of all time.


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