Days of Being Wild (A Fei zheng chuan)
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Set in 1960, the film center of the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy (Leslie Cheung), who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute who raised him that she is not his real mother. Hoping to hold onto him, she refuses to divulge the name of his real birth mother. The revelation shakes Yuddy to his very core, unleashing a cascade of conflicting emotions. Two women have the bad luck to fall for Yuddy. One is a quiet lass who works at a sport arena named Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung), while the other is a glitzy showgirl named Mimi (Carina Lau). Perhaps due to his unresolved Oedipal issues, he passively… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Needless to say a must-see for Wongcolytes, Days of Being Wild is also an excellent entry point for people who haven't yet caught this most exotic and habit-forming of cinematic bugs."
‑ Geoff Pevere, Toronto Star
"There are images in Days that can make your heart stop for no other reason than that they're perfect."
‑ Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"A dark moody period piece about unrequited love."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Unless the film is pure homage, the film lacks authenticity"
‑ John Esther, Pasadena Weekly
"The languorous atmosphere of longing, disconnection and emotional isolation is hypnotic."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Every shot is perfectly composed and compelling, with light and shadow manipulated to maximum effect."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"It may have been released in the olden days of 1991, but Wong Kar-Wai's Days of Being Wild remains pulsatingly contemporary."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Twelve years after first seeing Days of Being Wild, I'm finally developing some fondness for it."
‑ Andy Klein, Los Angeles CityBeat
"Wong has a reputation for slow-moving mood pieces in which very little happens, but that's not the case here."
‑ Luke Y. Thompson, New Times
"A heady mix of sex, obsession, alienation and angst."
‑ Tim Cogshell, Boxoffice Magazine
"It now seems like a promising apprentice work, almost a blueprint for the writer-director's most acclaimed and famous film, In the Mood for Love."
‑ John Hartl, Seattle Times
"A triumph of movie pop poetics."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"The '60s were a time of alienation and sadness, which I suppose Wong was trying to reflect here. But he's chosen characters so monumentally self-destructive that it's difficult to care about them."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"Wong's always-striking visual style uses floating, neon colors and extreme angles to emphasize disconnected souls."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's inexplicable that Wong's early masterpiece has been virtually absent from American screens since he completed it in 1991."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
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