Happy Together

dir Kar-Wai Wong - The dissolution of a gay Chinese couple's romance during an extended roadtrip to Argentina may seem unlikely fodder for an interesting film. But once you meet lovers Po-wing (Leslie Cheung, Temptress Moon, Farewell My Concubine) and Yiu-fai (Tony Leung, Cyclo, Chung King Express), the subtitles are almost superfluous -- you know these people. Serious and head-over-heels in love, Yiu-fai is hit hard when the flighty Po-wing withdraws his affections childishly, and subsequently begins hustling to keep himself fed. The two get a second shot -- which, of course, Po-wing blows -- and it's this second and final split between the two that provide the heart of the movie. Kar-wai Wong's (Chung King Express) sometimes arresting, sometimes lyrical direction won top honors at Cannes, and you only have to see 15 minutes of Happy Together to understand why. Shot in color and black-and-white with the camera capturing moments and motion in truly unconventional ways, Kar-wai Wong's love story does look different from any one told before it, but the universality of the story about the pain of love's end serves as a familiar refrain you can read all of those subtitles by. (Hong Kong 1997) 92 min. AA mature theme, sexual content. subtitled.

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