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Customer Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (5)
All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (11)

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A stylish triumph for genre fans and film fans alike, "As Tears Go By" more than lives up to its billing as the first film from celebrated director Wong Kar-Wai. Andy Lau is Ha-Tau, a small-time triad leader whose responsibility for the pathological Fly (Jacky Cheung, in an award-winning performance) threatens to be his downfall. While Ha-Tau struggles with his troubles on the streets, he finds solace in a surprising intimacy to his cousin, Ah-Ngor (the luminous Maggie Cheung). Their tender interludes give Ha-Tau a welcome respite from his violent life, but not for long. Fly grows more and more self-destructive, and soon Ha-Tau can no longer avoid the brutal calling of the triad underworld. Mixing stylish MTV-style filmmaking with potent triad melodrama, "As Tears Go By" is an exemplary genre film, and an intriguing beginning to Wong Kar-Wai's celebrated filmography.
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Product Title: As Tears Go By 旺角卡門 旺角卡门 いますぐ抱きしめたい(旺角[上/下]]門 ) (DVD) As Tears Go By
Artist Name(s): Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Alex Man | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk 張 學友 (Actor) | 劉 德華 (Actor) | 萬梓良 | 張 曼玉 张 学友 (Actor) | 刘 德华 (Actor) | 万梓良 | 张 曼玉 張學友(ジャッキー・チョン) (Actor) | 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 萬梓良(アレックス・マン) | 張曼玉 (マギー・チャン) 장 학우 (Actor) | 유덕화 (Actor) | Alex Man | 장만옥
Director: Wong Kar Wai 王 家衛 王 家卫 王家衛 (ウォン・カーウァイ)  왕가위
Release Date: 2001-05-16
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Bahasa (Malaysia), Thai, Vietnamese, Bahasa (Indonesia)
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Mega Star (HK)
Package Weight: 130 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1001810229

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Cast: Andy Lau/ Maggie Cheung/ Jacky Cheung/ Alex Man
Director: Wong Kar Wai



  A low-level trial "big brother" (Andy Lau) has a hot-tempered "littler brother" (Jacky Cheung) who can't keep out of trouble, and consequently is in constant need of being bailed out by his protector. Andy Lau is super cool, but lacks the ambition to rise in the ranks of the triad societies - and once he meets his cousin (Maggie Cheung) and falls in love with her, he even decides he wants to leave "the Life ". But it turns out that he has to bail out Jacky one more time, with predictable results....
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Customer Review of "As Tears Go By"

Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.6 out of 10 (5)
Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.1 out of 10 (11)

Kevin Kennedy
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July 25, 2009

This customer review refers to As Tears Go By (1988) (DVD) (Golden Collection) (Hong Kong Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Disappointing debut Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
"As Tears Go By" definitely feels like a debut feature from first-time director Wong Kar Wai. Its lensing tends toward the pretentious, its editing is choppy, its script is overblown, and its actors (particularly Jacky Cheung) perform with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer. (Only Maggie Cheung manages to escape the overacting bug.) Andy Lau stars as Ha Tau, a triad "big brother" who appears to lead the world's smallest gang and does almost nothing as a gangster other than to get the useless Fly (Jacky Cheung) out of endless scrapes.

Out of the blue Ha Tau's cousin Ah Ngor (Maggie Cheung), whom Ha Tau had never before met, moves into Ha Tau's dumpy Kowloon apartment. Ah Ngor lives on Lantau Island, but suffers from a lung condition and needs to see a doctor whose office is near Ha Tau's place. (Oddly, Ah Ngor's lung condition does not deter her from smoking and, although she wears a surgical mask in order to not spread germs, she lets her cousin drink out of the same water bottle on which she has put her mouth!) Ah Ngor and Ha Tau immediately are attracted to each other; is it only me who is made squeamish by this romance between first cousins?

Fly's behavior becomes increasingly irresponsible and soon leads to a confrontation with a rival gang. Both Ha Tau and Fly are beaten to a pulp. (Ha Tau repeatedly is beaten in the chest with a baseball bat, but, surprisingly, when he awakes next morning Ha Tau not only has no broken ribs, he doesn't even have any bruises on his body! What a quick healer!) Ha Tau and Fly have one final meeting, then Fly runs off on his own to commit one last "glorious" act. Miraculously, although Ha Tau has no idea where Fly has gone, Ha Tau somehow stumbles upon the very place at which Fly is committing his infamous act. (What a coincidence!)

While "As Tears Go By" has the most conventional narrative of Wong Kar Wai's movies, therein lies its biggest flaw. There is nothing here we haven't seen before and haven't seen done better. For me, the movie's lack of originality and overblown theatrics made it seem almost interminable. "As Tears Go By" is more interesting as an historical artefact than as an actual movie.
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October 16, 2003

1 people found this review helpful

Interesting... Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This was the first movie Wong Kar Wai wrote and directed. It was a decent first movie, but not the best. It was a movie Wong Kar Wai tried to explore his abilities and it came out decent. His skills mature during Days of Being Wild when he collaborated with Chris Doyle, greatest asian cinematographer. Wong Kar Wai's spotaneous directional style can't be seen in this movie, but what makes this movie decent is the acting from Andy and Jackie. It's worth seeing...
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April 18, 2003

* * * * * * * * * * Totally worth the money! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
I love Wong Kar-wai pictures (one of my fav is Happy Together... I think the scene where Tony and Leslie are dancing and kissing in the kitchen is just... amazing... is one of the most beautiful love scene I've ever seen...), I love Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung, so I tought I couldn't miss this movie... and thanx god!! This is a masterpiece..... Andy is cool, somewhat calculated and extremely handsome! Jacky is terrific and gives one of his fervid interpretation (yeah, as usual he is great...); Maggie... I'm not an ardent of hers (since when she acted as Jackie Chan's girlfriend in Police Story... I prefer Karen Mok or Anita Mui) but I must admit that she is skillful and she was perfect for this role. In coclusion, this is a must have.
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October 10, 2002

Jacky Cheung's award-winning role Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
1988. Jacky's worst year in his career. This film saved him when he won the Best Supporting Actor. Credit for his acting. One of his best. Among this award-winning role, I liked his roles in Swordsman (Golden Horse Award for Best Supporting Actor), Bullet in the Head, Curry and Pepper, Private Eye Blues, Ashes of Time, High Risk, and, July Rhapsody.
As for Andy, Maggie and Alex: they're excellent in their respective roles. As Tear Go By: The Chinese Mean Streets.
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April 9, 2002

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A Romantic Gangster Movie Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
This was the breakthrough film for Wong Kai Wai but the story line is hardly new. The cast is great and the acting super. I can also see the smooth directing skill and good camera work throughout the entire film. Good flow from scene to scene; but the ending is all predictable. Anyone with half a brain will have let that "fly" character die alone at the end. Although there was a lovely description of the romance between Cheung and Maggie, it became all too unbelievable at the end. Just ask this simple question -- will you end your life like Cheung as though there is no hope left in this work with a beautiful cousin like Maggie waiting for you. In addition, depending on how conservative you are, this movie romantize gangster activities like the Hollywood in the 60's and 70's. Cheung's character in that sense is not that likeable.
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