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Happy Together [Import]


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  • Actors: Tony Leung, Leslie Cheung
  • Directors: Wong Kar-Wai
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Subtitled, Surround Sound, Widescreen, Import
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • 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: NR
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: March 31 2009
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O2UTRC


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Format: DVD
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. In their relationship they have acquired a certain dependency upon each other, which seems to be emotionally, financially, and physically draining on them both. Despite this abusive relationship, their co-dependency forces them back together and the circle seems to be sealed forever, until one of men meets another man who has the ability to listen. Happy Together is a film about everything in a relationship except being happy together, which provides an emotionally apprehensive cinematic experience that can be compared to Ingmar Bergman's pictures.
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By MS TONG ZHOU on Oct. 7 2010
Format: Blu-ray
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. HE IS THE LEGEND OF CHINESE MOVIE AND MUSIC HISTORY.
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Format: DVD
My wife and I got different things from this movie, but we both
enjoyed it enough to be worth the time.
What struck me most vividly was the idea of just bravely taking
off to another country on little enough of a plan that running
out of money and being forced to survive like they do is even a
possibility. I don't know if that speaks more for the main
characters' love of life, or just their incompetence, but for me
it was a vividly portrayed and compelling case for the value of
the former. This might not have been a focus of the movie, and
I'm sure that for many people the grim conditions if anything
make the opposite case, but it really made me want to seize the
day, take off on a motorcycle and so on.
I think my wife was more affected by the love story. She grew up
in China with a moderately negative but mostly non-existent
awareness of homosexuality. Her reaction at the end of this
movie was that now she could much better understand the idea of
two men actually being in love with each other, just like anybody
else. I figure I got my money's worth just for that.
Now, as her husband, I do find it a little bit disturbing that
she finds such a screwed-up relationship so easy to relate to,
but it speaks well for the movie as tolerance propaganda.
The visual style didn't particularly speak to me. It was
occasionally intrusive, occasionally neat to look at, every once
in a while participated in the story-telling, and mostly I just
ignored it.
I spent much of the first half of the movie complaining to
myself that the director gives us no clue at all why these two
would want to be together, let alone as obsessively as they are.
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Format: VHS Tape
Having seen three of Wong Kar-Wai's films (Chungking Express, Fallen Angels, In the Mood for Love), I have become a big fan, and was eagerly looking forward to this one, the last available in my video store.
It turned out to be a big letdown -- indeed, before I checked the actual date, I thought it was an early precursor of his unique style (combined with seemingly extreme low budget).
What I could distinguish of the plot and characters was at least mildly interesting, but that's the catch, "what I could distinguish" -- the film style and (VHS) print combined to make it very hard to figure out what was happening on the screen. The subtitles were especially hard (or impossible) to read.
A lot can be blamed on the print, and I envy those reviewers who saw it in theaters, but even trying to look through that, the film seemed to have only touches of the trademark WKW style. It was interesting to see so much shot not just exterior but outdoors, under wide skies. [The WKW films I've seen were almost entirely interior, or at least enclosed (with the exception of the Cambodian scene in Mood for Love) -- even a motorcycle is ridden at night in a tunnel.] And WKW doesn't seem to do well with the wide open spaces. Maybe it is his not being on the familiar territory of Hong Kong (or Asia). But the style here did not develop the interest and momentum for me that it did in the other films mentioned.
As to the plot, it was the usual theme of obsessive love, impossible love, and sad reflection on lost possibility. Yet their story doesn't grab me the way the others' do, I think because they are brought down by their own disfunction (and such extreme, almost clownish, disfunction)with little relation to events or societal expectation. It's like watching a habitual drunk driver wrap his car around a tree.
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Format: DVD
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 film with an astonishing emotional and visceral depth. To describe the plot would be pointless, as the film forgoes conventional story-telling narrative in favor of painting moods and depicting emotions. The film (much of it set in Argentina) creates a haunting sense of loneliness and isolation while exploring the main character's (played by Hong Kong star Tony Leung) rocky relationship with his lover, his futile crush on a younger man, and his distaste for his surroundings. The film isn't completely sad, though, as the end of the film is remarkably uplifting. Much of the credit for this film should also go to cinematographer Christopher Doyle for creating such a visually dazzling film.
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