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As Tears Go By

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1988
  • Wong Kar-Wai
  • 95 mins
  • 18

Summary

Mid-level gangster Wah falls in love with his beautiful cousin, but must also continue to protect his volatile partner-in-crime and friend, Fly.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Writer/director Wong Kar-Wai made his transition from scriptwriter to film-maker with this gritty and violent Hong Kong gangster drama. Heavily influenced by Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets, it's a love-versus-loyalty tale in which Andy Lau's low-level triad "big brother" is torn between his gang allegiance to his hot-tempered "little brother" Jacky Cheung and his blossoming romance with his gentle cousin Maggie Cheung. Although this debut is very much a product of the 1980s, encumbered slightly by its synthesiser-heavy soundtrack and poor quality film stock, it already shows signs of what will become Wong's cinematic signature. Saturated reds and greens add rich, visual texture, while highly stylised set pieces enhance the conventional plot.

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Credits

Cast

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WahAndy Lau
NgorMaggie Cheung
FlyJacky Cheung
TonyAlex Man

Crew

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DirectorWong Kar-Wai

Details

Languages
Chinese
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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