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Happy Together(春光乍洩)

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Hong Kong, Japan, Korea · 1997
Rated PG-13 · 1h 36m
Director Wong Kar-wai
Starring Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Leslie Cheung, Chang Chen, Gregory Dayton
Genre Drama, Romance

A couple take a trip to Argentina in search of a new beginning, but instead find themselves drifting ever further apart as they struggle to escape cyclical dysfunction.

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Meagen Tajalle Profile picture for Meagen Tajalle

This film is as masterfully executed as Wong Kar-wai's "In the Mood for Love", but it examines love through a much harsher lens and with unforgiving proximity. Wong's unparalleled attention to detail makes this film feel true to life, even if some scenes are difficult to watch. The symbolism of the tango shows that Wong has his finger right on the pulse of this relationship, which is characterized by kinetic energy and antagonism. This film is visually striking, and deeply moving.

What are critics saying?


Empire by

In the absence of any genuine emotional wallop, it is the directorial pizzazz that pulls you through. Just about.


Chicago Reader by Jonathan Rosenbaum

Structurally and dramatically this is all over the place, but stylistically it's gripping, and thematically it suggests an oblique response to the end of Hong Kong's colonial rule.


The Globe and Mail (Toronto) by Liam Lacey

Wong returns once more to what he seems to know best - the visual poetry of the urban Asian night, a world of characters on the move, coming and going, never really getting anywhere. [5 Dec 1997]


Austin Chronicle by Russell Smith

Thanks largely to the raw bravery and intensity of the two leads' performances, Happy Together takes a quantum leap forward in terms of visceral power.

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