1997. Hong Kong. Wong Kar-Wai. 97 min.
Friday, December 7, 2007, 6:00 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1997. Hong Kong. Written and directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. With Tony Leung, Leslie Cheung, Chen Chang. Lai Yiu-Fai (Leung) and Ho Po-Wing (Cheung), two men begrudgingly and hopelessly in love with each other, leave Hong Kong for Buenos Aires. En route to Iguaçu Falls, they break up and go their separate ways. Lai, broke and unable to return home, gets a job as a doorman at a tango bar. Ho hustles to survive, then reappears in Lai's life—but neither can reconcile being happy together. The film features a mélange of collaborations. In addition to the director/cinematographer partnership, Leung and Cheung are frequently cast in Wong's films, often playing variations on the same characters: Leung embodies lonesome men eternally unconsummated, and Cheung embodies reckless men eternally seeking. Gift of Kino International. In Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish; English subtitles. 97 min.