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Happy Together
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Happy Together

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Director: Wong Kar-Wai, Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Chang Chen

Cast: Wong Kar-Wai, Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Chang Chen

 

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Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai directs the strange, intimate drama Cheun Gwong Tsa Sit (Happy Together). Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle employed multiple film speeds and different color film stock during the shooting. Ho (Leslie Cheung) and Lai (Tony Leung) are lovers from Hong Kong who have run away to live in Buenas Aires, Argentina.

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Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai directs the strange, intimate drama Cheun Gwong Tsa Sit (Happy Together). Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle employed multiple film speeds and different color film stock during the shooting. Ho (Leslie Cheung) and Lai (Tony Leung) are lovers from Hong Kong who have run away to live in Buenas Aires, Argentina. However, Ho is immature and unwilling to settle down, which makes Lai depressed. When they break up, Lai works as a doorman in a tango bar in order to save money and go home. The restless Ho becomes a prostitute. After Ho is beaten and injured in an attack, Lai takes him to his apartment to recover. Ho tries to rekindle the romance, but Lai isn't interested. He leaves the tango bar and works in a kitchen, where he meets the young Chang (Chang Chen) from Taiwan.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
Wong Kar-wai at his most lyrical and mannered, Happy Together is a voluptuously photographed meditation on love and loneliness. Employing the same off-the-cuff direction and dazzling visual style of his landmark Chungking Express (thanks to ace cinematographer Christopher Doyle), Wong gives Happy Together a similarly loose structure, though it is a darker, more melancholy film. Like characters in a Samuel Beckett play, the Hong Kongese gay couple stranded far from their native land and at the end of their rope recognizes the destructive, ultimately doomed nature of their relationship, but they cannot quite bring themselves to break their bonds. Happy Together gained notoriety for its frank portrayal of homosexuality, resulting in its getting banned in Singapore, among other places. Though this long taboo subject was slowly being broached by such art house directors as Tsai Ming-liang and Stanley Kwan, few films dealt with Chinese male sexuality as directly (and as graphically) as Wong did here. Both male leads, Leslie Cheung and the sad-eyed Tony Leung Chiu Wai, give brilliant, fearless performances. Happy Together is an utterly romantic, deeply moving film that continues to haunt the viewer long after the credits have rolled.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/31/2009
UPC:
0738329063023
Original Release:
1997
Rating:
NR
Source:
Kino Video
Time:
1:37:00

Special Features

"Beunos Aires Zero Degrees" (1999, 59 Min.) a documentary on the making of Happy Together; Wong Kar-Wai at the Museum of the Moving Image (2008, 44 min.); Trailers; Stills gallery; Remastered from a new HD film transfer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Happy Together
1. Opening Titles [2:32]
2. Road Trip [3:35]
3. The Waterfall [1:25]
4. The Tango Bar [5:34]
5. Finding One Another [2:50]
6. The Watch [4:43]
7. Wounds to Heal [4:47]
8. The Caretaker [6:46]
9. A Morning Chill [2:36]
10. Tango Lesson [3:13]
11. A Big Exit [1:08]
12. Kitchen Sounds [4:29]
13. Prowling and Prying [5:32]
14. Feeling the Void [5:06]
15. Things Withheld [5:04]
16. Adrift [4:53]
17. Listening Closely [6:52]
18. Picking Up [3:07]
19. The Confession [2:10]
20. Meat [3:56]
21. Last Dance [5:23]
22. Iguazu [2:31]
23. The End of the World [1:57]
24. Right Side Up [5:41]
1. Opening Titles [6:40]
2. Hungry for Details [9:44]
3. Lonely [9:25]
4. Sense of Time [13:47]
5. The Open Road [8:37]
6. Shirley Kwan [10:54]

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Happy Together 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a wonderful film.This film is great.I do like wong gai wai who made this film.I remembered this film's mizanssen.It's mono tone.Plus nice music.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Out of Wong Kar-Wai's recent movies, Happy Together is one of the most experimental. Narrative becomes more important (which he perfects later in In the Mood for Love) and he takes liberty with his cinematography work in order to create a nearly surreal documentation of love lost and loneliness's triumph. This is a remarkably beautiful movie. The imagery and music will leave you spellbound, haunted. For instance, the moody, slow-motion clips of the sky and sea enveloping a terribly lonely man lost emotionally in Argentina will dazzle and sadden anyone. The only weakness--out of an overall competent work--is the inability for Wong Kar-wai to totally make all his characters sympathetic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago