4K RESTORED VERSION
Alternative Title: 旺角卡門
Directed by: Wong Kar Wai
Runtime: 102 minutes
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR (Jacky Cheung)
BEST ART DIRECTION
8th Hong Kong Film Awards (1988)
Wong Kar Wai’s scintillating debut feature is a kinetic, hyper-cool crime thriller graced with flashes of the impressionistic, daydream visual style for which he has become renowned for. Set amidst Hong Kong’s ruthless, neon-lit gangland underworld, this operatic saga of ambition, honor, and revenge stars Andy Lau as a small-time mob enforcer who finds himself torn between a burgeoning romance with his ailing cousin (Maggie Cheung, in the first of her iconic collaborations with the director) and his loyalty to his loose cannon partner in crime (Jacky Cheung) whose reckless attempts to make a name for himself unleashes a spiral of violence. Marrying the pulp pleasures of the gritty Hong Kong action drama with hints of the head-rush romanticism Wong would push to intoxicating heights throughout the 1990s, As Tears Go By was a box office smash that heralded the arrival of one of contemporary cinema’s most electrifying talents.
This 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the 35 mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata and One Cool.
Text courtesy of Janus Films
To see the full Retrospective: Wong Kar Wai programme, please refer here. The programme will run from 5 March to 4 April 2021 at Oldham Theatre.
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