Days of Being Wild

Director: Wong Kar-wai
Screenwriters: Wong Kar-wai

Institute History

  • 1993 Sundance Film Festival


The beautiful, melancholy and hauntingly off key, tough, but tender, poetry of its title conjures up the mood of Days of Being Wild to perfection. Set in Hong Kong in the 1960s, Wong Kar-wai's outstanding second feature deals with a group of young men and women, rebels without causes, who drift cool and glamorous, through the neon light and shadow of the City. At the heart of the film is Yoddy (played by Leslie Cheung), conniving and hustling, shifting without commitment between lovers, flaunting hi-flashy American car. It is his effort to finally give some meaning to his rootless life that brings the film to its violent, tragic end.

Wong Kar-wai's first film, As Tears Go By, was a brutal, relentlessly kinetic and very stylish gangster movie. Here the essence, élan and romantic chic of the genre are combined with an elliptical, almost-dreamlike story line and Chris Doyle's stunning, fluid cinematography to create an often-achingly evocative portrait of a "lost" generation. Days of Being Wild is marvelous, stylish cinema and one of the great Hong Kong films of recent years.

Sunday Jan 24 9:30 a,
Prospector Square Theatre

Tuesday Jan 25 4:30 pm
Holiday Village Cinema III


— Simon Field, London Film Festival

Screening Details

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