HAPPY TOGETHER (M)

Hong Kong, 1997 (MIFF 2011, MIFF 60th Retrospective)

Director: Wong Kar-wai

Garnering high praise and multiple festival awards upon its release in 1997, Happy Together (MIFF 1997) instantly became a cult classic for filmmaker Wong Kar-wai.

After his melancholic epic Ashes of Time and the upbeat and frenetic Chungking Express, Wong emerged into an altogether different style of film that offers less focus on the gay element of its two protagonists than it does on the pains of love found and lost.

Following two lovers (Hong Kong film icons Tony Leung and the late Leslie Cheung) as they travel, adrift, through Argentina, falling in and out with each other, Happy Together tracks their love/hate relationship and the ever-present pull that brings them floating back into each others' lives.

Features a stunning soundtrack and sumptuous cinematography by Christopher Doyle.

D/S Wong Kar-wai P Ye-cheng Chan, Wong Kar-wai Dist Potential Films L Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish w/English subtitles TD 35mm/1997


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