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Star crossed Asian film icon Leslie Cheung (Farewell My Concubine, Happy Together) plays Luddy, a devastatingly handsome Hong Kong lothario who seduces and forsakes women without compunction. Abandoned at birth, Luddy's self-destructive search for love is really a Quixotic quest for a feeling of permanence and a sense of identity. When Luddy beguiles lovely shop girl Su Lizen, he unknowingly sets in motion a sequence of broken hearts and unremembered promises that climaxes in naked obsession, inadvertent self-discovery and shocking violence.


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  • Actors: Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, Rebecca Pan
  • Directors: Kar Wai Wong
  • Writers: Kar Wai Wong, Jeffrey Lau
  • Producers: Alan Tang, Rover Tang, Wing-Kwong Chan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Tagalog
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Kino Lorber films
  • DVD Release Date: October 19, 2004
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002X7GWU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,700 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Days of Being Wild" on IMDb

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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful By LGwriter on November 20, 2004
Format: DVD
Days of Being Wild, Wong Kar-Wai's 1991 film, followed his 1988 As Tears Go By and solidified his style. In turn he made these two films after a couple of intriguing, unconventional swordsman-warrior films. It's easy to see why he's now regarded as one of the top Chinese directors; both his subjects and style are unique and captivating.

In Days of Being Wild he casts some of the best young Hong Kong actors then and now--Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau--in a tale of those who look for love and never seem to find it. Or at least not for long at all. When a completely reckless Don Juan type teases a beautiful stadium ticket taker, promising her at their first meeting he'll always remember her for the minute they shared, this is enough to seduce the lonely girl into falling for him, only to have him callously dump her when she asks him to marry her.

While she finds solace by talking to a street cop, the womanizer hooks up with a semi-sleazy dancehall girl, meanwhile roughing up his aunt's suitor for the attempted theft of her pearl earrings. His aunt chides him for driving away her older suitor, yet stoically accepts what he's done; she needs him more than her suitor. She raised him when his mother abandoned him and now is more attached to him than she realized.

The cop leaves his job and becaomes a sailor. The womanizer leaves town and hooks up with the sailor, completely coincidentally. Meanwhile the ticket taker girl and the dancehall girl find their own ways without the love they need, just as the sailor has done, trying to forget the ticket taker with whom he fell in love, never hearing from her, causing him to abandon his street, his town, and put out to sea.
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Obio Ntia on October 12, 2004
Format: DVD
A throwback to 1960's Hong Kong and an essential example of Wong Kar-wai's direction, "Days of Being Wild" is a must-see with its superb casting, camera work, and soundtrack. Leslie Cheung plays Yuddy, a reckless womanizer seeking the identity of his real mother. Andy Lau and Jackie Cheung fall for Leslie Cheung's discarded lovers--Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung) and a dancer called Mimi (Carina Lau). With fine performances all around, "Days of Being Wild" portrays heartbreak and longing as it draws viewers into its moody atmosphere. Arty and worthy of multiple viewings.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By R.S. on September 13, 2009
Format: Blu-ray
Terrible english subtitles! This is a Hong Kong release and I have found them to usually have bad english subtitling but I didnt know that when this first came out and went ahead and bought it. The letters are readable but they look like they were translated by someone who didnt have a great grasp on the English language. This is really unfortunate because it is a really great movie as are most by Wong Kar-Wai. I decided to keep both the blu-ray and the Kino standard DVD edition. I can watch the blu-ray and still understand it enough but when I am showing the film to a friend I will pop in the Kino release even though the transfer and sound are far inferior so they can understand the plot.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Cody K. on October 20, 2006
Format: Blu-ray
I acquired the MegaStar/Golden Collection release of Days of Being Wild at a relatively low price. While the video transfer is quite good, the English subtitles are so much of a mess that I had to stop and review several scenes before I could get a sense of the dialog. I've got a high tolerance for the occasional errors in spelling, grammar, and punctuation found in subtitles on many otherwise excellent Asian releases of Asian films;

but the subtitles here are so difficult to slog through that the viewer really comes away with a diminished sense of what the film is about.

After watching this version, I rented the Kino release. The subtitles are excellent -- as is the film, of course -- so my advice would be to avoid this one and get the Kino. Also, if ordering used, be sure that the seller is in fact offering the Kino version -- I've seen this one for sale on the Kino page as well, so look closely.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Ellington VINE VOICE on September 1, 2011
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There are many trilogies made these days. In fact, the trilogy is commonplace almost. There is that Lord of the Rings trilogy that everyone swoons over. There are the Spider-Man and soon to be Batman trilogies. Remember the Indiana Jones trilogy, before the mucked it up with a fourth installment. And then, then there are lesser known trilogies that play out so beautifully on their own you may never realize they are trilogies until it's pointed out to you, but when you watch them in order you see the beautiful depth they create as a `whole'.

I introduce to you Wong Kar-Wai's masterpiece, `Days of Being Wild'.

`Days of Being Wild' is the first film in a series of three (the other two being 2001's `In the Mood for Love' and 2005's `2046'). All three films deal with similar themes and carry on characters from the previous film in order to create a feeling of fluidity. The search for love in all the wrong places and the dismissal of love in all the right places helps establish the initial tone (emotional at least) for these films. Apart, I will always consider `In the Mood for Love' the strongest effort, for it remains the most visually and emotionally transcendent, but `Days of Being Wild' contains a certain structure that makes it more complex and more conceptually interesting.

The film tells of a young playboy named Yuddy who is troubled in his outlook. He's been raised by a reckless woman who he discovers is not his mother. Due to his volatile relationship with his adoptive mother, Yuddy's understanding of women is clouded and so his treatment of them is less than admirable. He trades one in for the next model rather flippantly, with pure disregard for their feelings.
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