Tuesday, 12 May 2015

I've Just Seen: Days of Being Wild (1990)

Days of Being Wild (1990)


Director: Wong Kar-wai
Writer Wong Kar-wai
Notable Actors: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau, Andy Lau

One of Wong Kar-wai's first films, and part of the 'informal' trilogy with In the Mood for Love and 2046. The film looks quite beautiful, with pearly lighting and green-blue colours. The actors are all very good in their roles, as their characters' lives intertwine with one another. The story felt slightly directionless; this could be a reflection of main character York's own directionless character, or a writer-director still figuring things out. None of the storylines are clearly resolved; the brief voiceovers by the characters throughout tell us how they remember this part of their lives.

However, one can see the talent of Wong Kar-wai; he is very good at directing actors, and many shots are framed in interesting ways. In the Mood for Love will be one of the next films I watch; Days of Being Wild has been a good taste of what is to come.

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