Happy Together

  • 15
  • Wong Kar-Wai (1997)
  • HK (SUB)
  • 92 min
Film Review
Reviewed By
2 out of 5

Director Wong Kar-Wai's reputation rests on his genius for combining audacious imagery with deceptively humane stories. But this adaptation of Manuel Puig's novel, The Buenos Aires Affair, is his least coherent or convincing film. The relationship between Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung, Hong Kong lovers on holiday in Argentina, is so destructive (their conversations are too accusatory and their actions overly selfish) that it's hard to empathise with either character. The switches from monochrome to colour are neatly judged and Wong's use of glowing shades and reflective surfaces is exemplary, but, ultimately, too much is sacrificed to the director's stylistic preoccupations.

Plot Summary

Romantic drama starring Leslie Kwok-Wing Cheung and Tony Chiu-Wai Leung. Two young lovers, Lai Yiu-Fai and Ho Po-Wing, arrive in Argentina from Hong Hong looking for adventure. Lai's dream is to visit the magnificent Iguacu Falls on the border with Brazil, but he and Ho start to bicker and their trip is broken off. Lai finds himself work, but Ho drifts into prostitution. Their deadlock is broken by the arrival of a gentle student, Chang, on his way around the world.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ho Po-Wing
Leslie Cheung
Lai Yiu-Fai
Tony Leung (2)
Chang
Chang Chen

Crew

Director
Wong Kar-Wai

Other Information

Language: 
Spanish, Cantonese, Mandarin +subtitles
Colour and Black and White
Guidance: 
Contains swearing, sex scenes and nudity
Available on video and DVD
Certificate 15
Categories
Drama