The expressionistic, stylized visual brilliance (courtesy of Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle) of Happy Together is so breathtaking and enveloping it nearly detracts from this startling, queasy, despairing glimpse at a gay relationship gone amok. Director Wong Kar-Wai (Chungking Express, Fallen Angels) won the Best Director Prize at Cannes in 1997--surprising many--but on viewing the film it's easy to see why. The subject matter may not be the easiest to swallow--any relationship on the rocks sometimes gets dirty and pathetically disturbing--but there is a universality to Happy Together that rings true and real and less like an edition of The Honeymooners than isolation tinged with the embarrassment of intimacy. Ho (Leslie Cheung) and Lai (Tony Leung) have left Hong Kong for Buenos Aires. The journey is another in Ho's attempts to "start over." But their initial optimism is short-lived, and once they become dislocated strangers in this strange land it only further thrusts the two into their already codependent, caretaking dark love affair. But like all crazy love, the trip through masochistic hell--from violence to apathy--leads to self-enlightenment, and Wong Kar-Wai's gorgeous, grasping film is true, tricky, difficult, and emotionally wrought, aided by Hong Kong superstars Cheung and Leung, who contribute greatly to creating a work that is exceptional--and lump-in-throat brutal--in image, story, and performance. --Paula Nechak --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I LOVE THIS MOVIE.
ONE OF THE BEST OF LESLIE CHEUNG, AND ONE OF THE BEST OF WONG KAI WAI.
IF YOU DON'T KNOW WHO IS LESLIE CHEUNG, GOOGLE HIM. Read more
This movie tries to present deep, complex and intriguing characters but that pretension ends up delivering a flat, tedious and emotionally empty story. Read morePublished on Feb. 11 2004 by gonn1000
This is one of the worst movies I have ever seen. If I hadn't read the reviews posted here I would have had NO idea what was going on. Read morePublished on July 7 2003 by membruto
Another remarkable story by Kar-wai Wong that depicts two men on a trip to Argentina where they get stranded due to financial difficulties and their turbulent relationship. Read morePublished on Dec 13 2002 by Swederunner
I've watched this film three times now for the pure masochistic joy of it all. It's awful. Now I enjoy a good Hong Kong gay love story, but this is a bad Hong Kong gay ... Read morePublished on Aug. 31 2002 by LysKitsune
Wong Kar-Wai has abandoned the whimisical romantic trappings of his previous films (i.e. Chungking Express and Fallen Angels) and created a slower-paced, and more introspective... Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2002 by Allen Kung
Enough has been said about Wong Kar Wai's brilliant visual direction. It might be a little too much to say that he revolutionizes the state of world cinema as there is no such... Read morePublished on Nov. 13 2001 by cdswatch
The first time i saw this movie, I have to admit, I fell asleep. And the second time I saw "HAPPY TOGETHER", I fell asleep again. Read morePublished on Oct. 16 2001 by Karen Robinson