Days of Being Wild
Dir / Scr: Wong Kar-wai
Prod Co: In-Gear
Cast: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung,
Carina Lau Kar-ling, Andy Lau, Jacky Cheung,
Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Rebecca Pan
1990 / Colour / 35mm / Cantonese / Chi & Eng Subtitles / 94min
The mother complex continues to haunt, 30 years after Motherhood (1960). Wong Kar-wai's Days of Being Wild is in fact set in the 1960s, a work that channels longings for nostalgia into poetic expressions of oedipal anxiety and narcissistic fixations. Yuddy (Leslie Cheung at his luminous best) likens himself to a bird with no feet, which can only fly but never land, a condition he personifies in his ways with women and with his own emotions. His state of mind exemplifies a general obsession with time, best embodied by the pickup move of asking a girl (Maggie Cheung, stunningly delicate in her vulnerability) to spend with him the minute before 3 pm on April 16, 1960, a minute that goes on to tick forever in our memory. Yuddy and the girl could very well have gone on a date to see Motherhood, released a month later on May, 1960.
Courtesy of Media Asia Distribution
||Cinema, Hong Kong Film Archive
* Post-screening talk with Longtin Shum
# Post-screening talk with Rebecca Pan
Due to scheduling changes, Ms. Rebecca Pan is unable to attend the post-screening talk
at Broadway Cinematheque on 25 Mar 2012, Mr. Longtin Shum will take her place.
Mr. Rebecca Pan will attend the post-screening talk
at the Hong Kong Film Archive on 17 Mar 2012 instead.
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