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  • Summary: In his first hypnotic backward glance at Hong Kong in 1960, Wong Kar Wai creates a post-modern La Ronde set in a fluorescent labyrinth of cool desperation and unfulfilled need. Against the echoing rhythms of period rumbas, Days of Being Wild (1991) tracks a half dozen characters through their individual searches for intimate connection. (Kino International) Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 14
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 14
  3. Negative: 0 out of 14
  1. Sometimes cinema's highest achievements become clear only in retrospect. Days of Being Wild--now clearly revealed as one of the peaks of Hong Kong filmmaking and a masterwork of contemporary cinema giant Wong.
  2. Wong Kar-wai's idiosyncratic style first became apparent in this gorgeously moody second feature.
  3. It's inexplicable that Wong's early masterpiece has been virtually absent from American screens since he completed it in 1991.
  4. 90
    Director Wong is at his best in this rerelease of the 1991 film.
  5. Reviewed by: Kim Morgan
    Like Proust's madeleine unleashing a flood of reminiscences in the narrator of his novel, Wong works the elements of his aesthetic — music, beautiful people and emotion — into a mood that so overtakes you it's nearly impossible to emerge from his films without feeling slightly drunk.
  6. 80
    Revived (with vastly improved subtitles) some 14 years after it first stunned Hong Kong critics, Days of Being Wild is a sort of meta-reverie populated by a cast of beautiful young pop icons.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 14 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 3 out of 17
  1. BrianM
    May 19, 2007
    This and 2046 speak very loudly to a certain group of people. If you haven't been there, I wouldn't expect you to understand. To those it have, it's powerful stuff. Collapse
  2. TNgo
    Dec 7, 2005
    Just wonderful! I especially loved its meditation on time.
  3. RG
    Jul 24, 2006
    one of the best movies i have ever seen and he keeps getting better with each i m not sure how that is possible every second of thsis movie is dripped in dealing with time and mix of emotions. Expand
  4. KennyC.
    Aug 26, 2008
    I was so hypnotized by its beauty the first time I saw it in the cinema that I paid to watch it again for the next 2 days. And for the next 17 years, I continued watching this movie again and again, first on VHS, then VCD and now DVD. And I never cease to be mesmerized by it. Expand
  5. Sep 12, 2011
    when i watched the film ,it makes me to feel that oh you are watching something special.its an unusual movie. iam deeply impressed by the director kar wai wong who made this inexplicable movie. the characters in the film make us emotionally attached to them ,even after we watched the film..... Expand
  6. Sep 7, 2011
    Can not tie unconnected stories into a central theme. "Birds without legs" imagery is forced. Narrative is Inconsistent (use of several inner voices, addressing the audience). Caricature eccentric mother, a girl starting with a dramatic effect but ending up as a meek character...
    Promises something but clearly over-valued.

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