Chun gwong cha sit (1997)
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- Happy Together
- 96 min.
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Truly remarkable movie. the soundtracks
have a true loneliness feeling in them.
Wong has become one of my favorite directors. He reminds me somewhat of Fassbinder in his prime,
Wong Kar-Wai's Happy Together, an improvised film about the tumultuous (even violent) relationship between two gay men set in Argentina. Tony Leung is as riveting as ever, though the story necessarily meanders. The director's work continues to both fascinate and mystify me, in part because I'm an improv performer myself, but there's a big difference between improv acting and improv directing (which seems impossible). That and he paints a nice picture. I was surprised however to hear some Frank Zappa tracks on there, as you don't often (ever?) hear his music used in movies.
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This movie ranks #3 in BFI Flare's The Best LGBTQ+ Films of All Time
This movie ranks #26 in Golden Horse's 100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films
This movie ranks #41 in LoveHKFilm.com's The Best Hong Kong Films Ever
This movie ranks #90 in HKFA's The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures
This movie ranks #231 in Cahiers du Cinéma's Annual Top 10 Lists
This movie ranks #269 in Sight & Sound's The Greatest Films of All Time
This movie ranks #343 in TSPDT's 1,000 Greatest Films
This movie ranks #416 in Time Out's 1000 Films to Change Your Life
This movie ranks #421 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
This movie ranks #939 in Jonathan Rosenbaum's Essential Cinema
This movie ranks #959 in David Thomson's Have You Seen?