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As Tears Go By(旺角卡門)

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Hong Kong · 1988
1h 42m
Director Wong Kar-wai
Starring Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Alex Man
Genre Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller

Wah is a well-respected mob enforcer while his partner in crime, Fly, is nowhere near as successful. Time after time, Wah finds himself resolving the troubles Fly creates. But when his cousin Ngor pays an unexpected visit and the two form a powerful bond, Wah must decide whether to leave his friend behind for good.

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Austin Chronicle by

As Tears Go By has some interesting ideas and is an adequate first film, but, ultimately, is only slightly more interesting than any number of similar pictures made in the wake of John Woo's seminal 1986 trendsetter A Better Tomorrow.


Village Voice by J. Hoberman

Ostensibly a conventional tale of triad loyalty, As Tears Go By announced the presence of a genuine Hong Kong new wave—as well as an ambitious cineaste.


Chicago Reader by J.R. Jones

Some of the editing has a giddy, overeager quality, the natural excess of a young prodigy, but when the action and the tempo align, the results are exhilarating: an early brawl in a pool hall fairly leaps off the screen.


LarsenOnFilm by Josh Larsen

Right out of the gate—and even working within the modern Hong Kong gangster genre—Wong Kar-wai burst onto the screen as a strikingly unique talent. This is clearly a filmmaker less interested in plot and dialogue than he is in movement, music, and color—no matter the time, place, or story.


New York Post by V.A. Musetto

As Tears Go By doesn’t measure up to Wong’s later classics, such as In the Mood for Love (2000) and Chungking Express (1994), but it shows a master in the making.


Boston Globe by Wesley Morris

This sounds like a fairly standard debut. But Wong smothers the story with tremendous style. Some directors give you a healthy ratio of mashed potatoes to gravy. Wong seems not at all to care for the potatoes.

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