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Days Of Being Wild (1991) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) Blu-ray Region A

Wong Kar Wai (Director) | Andy Lau (Actor) | Leslie Cheung (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (Actor)
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Released to great acclaim in 1990, Days of Being Wild is where Wong Kar Wai begins. The Hong Kong auteur's second film after the more conventionally narrated As Tears Go By, Days of Being Wild gave world cinema its first glimpse of what would become Wong Kar Wai's signature: elliptical storytelling, existential brooding, breathtaking cinematography and art direction, haunting score, all-star cast, and that heartbreaking air of lingering and longing. Set in 1960s Hong Kong, the film stars Wong's two muses, Maggie Cheung and the late Leslie Cheung, in the career-defining role of the dashingly charismatic self-destructive playboy York for which he won Best Male Actor at the Hong Kong Film Awards. Days of Being Wild also co-stars Carina Lau, Jacky Cheung, Andy Lau, Rebecca Pan, and Tony Leung Chiu Wai.

Raised by a foster mother who used to make her living as a courtesan, York (Leslie Cheung) has only one wish: to find out who his real mother is. Stubborn and careless, York gets acquainted with a lonely submissive bar girl (Maggie Cheung) and a beautiful club hostess/dancer (Carina Lau) before leaving his whole life behind in search of the truth which may ultimately destroy him.

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Product Title: Days Of Being Wild (1991) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 阿飛正傳 (1991) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 阿飞正传 (1991) (Blu-ray) (香港版) 欲望の翼 (阿飛正傳) (Blu-ray) (香港版) Days Of Being Wild (1991) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Andy Lau (Actor) | Leslie Cheung (Actor) | Maggie Cheung Man Yuk (Actor) | Jacky Cheung (Actor) | Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Rebecca Pan (Actor) 劉 德華 (Actor) | 張 國榮 (Actor) | 張 曼玉 (Actor) | 張 學友 (Actor) | 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 劉嘉玲 (Actor) | 潘迪華 (Actor) 刘 德华 (Actor) | 张 国荣 (Actor) | 张 曼玉 (Actor) | 张 学友 (Actor) | 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 刘嘉玲 (Actor) | 潘迪华 (Actor) 劉徳華 (アンディ・ラウ) (Actor) | 張國榮 (レスリー・チャン) (Actor) | 張曼玉 (マギー・チャン) (Actor) | 張學友(ジャッキー・チョン) (Actor) | 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) (Actor) | 劉嘉玲 (カリーナ・ラウ)  (Actor) | 潘廸華(レベッカ・パン) (Actor) 유덕화 (Actor) | 장국영 (Actor) | 장만옥 (Actor) | 장 학우 (Actor) | 양조위 (Actor) | Carina Lau (Actor) | Rebecca Pan (Actor)
Director: Wong Kar Wai 王 家衛 王 家卫 王家衛 (ウォン・カーウァイ)  왕가위
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2008-09-02
Language: Cantonese
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Simplified Chinese, Bahasa (Malaysia), Thai, Vietnamese, Bahasa (Indonesia)
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1, 1.85 : 1
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1, 7.1, DTS-HD Master Audio
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray, 25 GB - Single Layer
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Video Codecs: AVC (MPEG-4 Part 10)
Rating: IIA
Duration: 94 (mins)
Publisher: Intercontinental Video (HK)
Package Weight: 100 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1011880450

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* Capacity: 25GB
* Video Codec: AVC
* Video Resolution (maximum) : 1920 X 1080p Full HD
* Audio Specifications: DTS-HD MA 7.1, Dolby Digital 5.1

Director: Wong Kar Wai

Hong Kong, 1960. A sweltering hot summer. York (Leslie Cheung), an amoral disillusioned and cruel young man is kept in luxury by his foster mother, a retired courtesan, who gives him everything but the one thing he needs to know - the identity of his natural mother. A self-obsessed man, desperately seeking his true identity, York plays carelessly with his lovers, a lonely submissive bargirl (Maggie Cheung) and a beautiful club hostess/dancer (Carina Lau) and his friends, before leaving them all for the Philippines in search of the truth that has been denied, and may ultimately destory him.
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Professional Review of "Days Of Being Wild (1991) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

September 2, 2008

Though this was Wong Kar-Wai's second film, it could easily be said that this was the one that started it all. Days of Being Wild possesses all the trademarks of Hong Kong's celebrated auteur: heavy doses of post-modern reflection, characters mired in paralyzing existentialism, exquisite cinematography, exacting pacing, sultry atmosphere, and an entirely too obvious "art film" air. For every person who swears this is a Hong Kong Cinema masterpiece, you'll find someone who decrys the film as boring and pretentious. And really, it's hard not to see the merit of either case.

The film's story is nothing too special. Leslie Cheung stars as York, a well-off layabout in 1960 Hong Kong. York is as charismatic as he is despicably selfish; his typical deal is to draw women around him into his self-centered web, only to betray them emotionally. The first victim we see is a shy girl from Macau named So Lai-Chun (Maggie Chueng), who he charms with the immortal line that for one minute on April 16th, 1960, the two were friends. Sadly, his affections prove fleeting and destructive. Lai-Chun realizes too soon that York only loves himself, and is quick to leave.

However, the damage has been done. Despite realizing York's inability to really care for her, she's driven into a romantic tailspin. Now unable to sleep and suffering from heartbreak, she finds solace in the platonic company of a beat cop (Andy Lau) who wanders the night streets in an entirely too-calm manner. He ends up developing his own minor attachment to Lai-Chun, but the moment is never realized.

Meanwhile, York has moved onto Mimi, a sassy cabaret dancer played with scenery-chewing flair by Carina Lau. Unlike Lai-Chun, Mimi is seemingly willful, but her apparent strength is not what it seems. When York jilts her, her reaction is pathetic, and yet painfully real. Her irrational desire to retain York's affections draws in York's friend (Jacky Cheung), who harbors his own requited affection for Mimi. Despite her obvious disdain, he pines after her in his own pathetic manner. And, since it's a Hong Kong summer, it's incessantly hot, muggy and rainy. It's almost out of a screenwriting textbook.

What's the purpose of this extended soap opera? For many, it could be the obvious existentialism of it all. Love grows and fades, people behave in disgustingly real ways, and nobody does anything remotely heroic or inspiring. It points to the maddening circle of human emotions, which leads from heartbreak to self-doubt and possibly even the onset of delusion. It's as depressing as it is real, which is why it's obviously an "art film." This is where some people decide to walk out and vow never to support Wong Kar-Wai ever again.

The apparent genesis of York's selfish (and ultimately self-destructive) behavior seems to be the apparent rejection by his real mother, who left him with a Hong Kong prostitute (Rebecca Pan). One could immediately decide that this is the reason behind York's entire modus operandi: a self-indulgent mother-complex. It's like something in a bad TV drama; if people were to decry the narrative as obvious and uninspiring, they probably wouldn't be wrong.

But, that would be the most likely reasoning if the film made its narrative the primary concern. In Days of Being Wild, and indeed in every other Wong Kar-Wai film, the narrative is really the last thing on the director's mind. What concerns him are the details: atmosphere, setting, fleeting emotion, and the terrible preciousness of memory. The physical details of the film are exquisite, such as the way Maggie Cheung's hair falls in front of her face, or the precision with which Leslie Cheung combs his hair. Wong shows so much of his characters through his choices, be they with the actors or with the camera. There is an appreciable artistry to the way he and cinematographer Christopher Doyle frame their shots, creating a divide or an intimacy through exact spacing. Wong uses his infamous voice-over exposition too, but unlike in Chungking Express or Fallen Angels, the device is used sparingly. He wisely gets his actors and his scenes to do the telling.

Wong's obvious use of style and technique creates the immediate impression that this is "art," thus alienating a good portion of the audience. Then again, the skill and emotional weight with which he pulls it off is remarkable. It's not hard to be drawn into the lives of these characters, who are so unmovie-like as to be patently bothersome. Everything the characters go through simply happens, and isn't the result of some cathartic response to onscreen stimuli. His actors are uniformly impressive in that no artifice exists to their craft. It's amazing that a director can take mega popstars and wring such naked performances from them, but that's exactly what he does. It's a process that takes patience and retake after retake. His isn't a job for a person with a short attention span.

Still, asking the audience to appreciate Wong's creation is not an easy task. Days of Being Wild is a film that rewards only as much as the viewer is willing to put in. If you walk in expecting the movie to tell you something, then you'll probably not be happy. This is a movie to discover, and indeed the film improves the more one views it. As mentioned previously, one could view Days of Being Wild and decide that it's just pretentious existentialism with a too obvious message. However, there are undoubtedly those who will find much, much more in the details Wong has so carefully put together. This is a movie which varies depending on individual taste - the exact antithesis of commercial filmmaking. And like the film or not, this much is certain: not many people could make a movie like Wong Kar-Wai.

by Kozo - LoveHKFilm.com

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Customer Review of "Days Of Being Wild (1991) (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8.5 out of 10 (12)

Kevin Kennedy
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June 10, 2009

This customer review refers to Days Of Being Wild (Remastered Version)
1 people found this review helpful

Ineffable, atmospheric, and unforgettable Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
"Days of Being Wild" is the kind of movie that leaves some viewers contemplating it for days and others wondering what the heck they just watched. Count me in the former camp. The film lacks a conventional narrative structure; there is no real plot. The film opens with a series of scenes in which devastatingly handsome York (Leslie Cheung) repeatedly seeks to seduce gorgeous but shy snack bar girl Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung). However, once he has managed to get her into his bed, York has no further use for Lizhen. He next manages to win the affections of saucy cabaret dancer Mimi (Carina Lau), but again York is unsatisfied by the relationship. York's friend Zeb (Jacky Cheung) pines for Mimi, but she cares only for York. And heartbroken Lizhen turns to beat cop Tide (Andy Lau) to vent her sorrows. Underlying York's restlessness is his desire to find his real mother and his disgust at the neediness he sees in his adoptive mother's relationship with a man who beds her while he takes her money and steals her jewelry. With these elements, director Wong Kar Wai brews up a steamy stew of a movie, luxuriously captured by the indelibly muted lensing of cinematographer Christopher Doyle.

Director Wong coaxes full-bodied, affecting performances out of each of his cast members, but for me the real standouts are Leslie Cheung as York, who subsumes his inner torment in serial womanizing, and Carina Lau, whose sex appeal is strong enough to peal paint off the walls. If there is a theme to this film, perhaps it is about how people react when they cannot get what they really want. York cannot get his mother; Zeb cannot get Mimi; Mimi cannot have York; Tide cannot have the career he wants; Lizhen first cannot keep York, then cannot reach Tide.

I have two relatively minor complaints. First, the English subtitles on this Mega Star DVD are subpar, particularly in the opening scenes. Second, and more seriously, the explosion of violence that occurs when York journeys to the Philippines in search of his mother seems forced; it doesn't really flow from what precedes it in the film. It leaves me wondering whether the filmmakers were required to include it in order to get financing to make the movie. Nonetheless, I recommend "Days of Being Wild" very highly. It is an unforgettable film that I'm sure will richly reward repeated viewings.
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September 10, 2007

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Days of Being Wild Customer Review Rated Bad 7 - 7 out of 10
A little disappointing for me after all the rave reviews I've seen. I expected a lot more. Leslie of course did not disappoint, he was excellent. However, I'm a little puzzled as to the pictures on the dvd cover showing Tony Leung, etc (presuming scenes from the movie), but they were NEVER in the movie. Tony Leung only appeared in one last scene showing him all dressed up. Where did his character fit in??When Carina Lau arrived in Manila to track Leslie, did she discover that he was dead?

Does any other fans feel the same???
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January 29, 2007

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It's ok.. Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
I don't know... but I always confused Wong Ka-Wai's movie.. have to think deeply the meaning of his movie.. but Leslie did really good job on this movie, he really acted well. But over all, my impression of this movie was.. little boring...
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May 15, 2005

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artistic Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
wong kar wei with a fantastic cast. it is good to see the movie divas in their much earlier days and how they improve on their acting talents as time passes. worth collecting.
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March 8, 2004

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great Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
as you all know. this movie won many awards. leslie won best actor in this movie. see for yourself how well he done. the plot is very insteresting. takes you back in the that period of time. love the scene where leslie and maggie are talking about the clock. there were some action scenes. but there were some sad scenes including leslie. but overall this is an excellent movie.
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