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Happy Together

Happy Together

Wong Kar-Wai (1997)

92min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
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.

Summary

A Chinese couple go their separate ways while seeking adventure in Argentina, and struggle to survive in a foreign land - but their broken lives look set to be repaired by the unexpected arrival of another traveller from their homeland. Drama from director Wong Kar-Wei, starring Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung and Chang Chen.In Mandarin, Cantonese and Spanish.

Cast & Crew

Ho Po-Wing Leslie Cheung
Lai Yiu-Fai Tony Leung (2)
Chang Chang Chen
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: Available on video and DVD

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