As Tears Go By (film)

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As Tears Go By
As Tears Go By.jpg
Traditional 旺角卡門
Simplified 旺角卡门
Mandarin Wàngjiǎo Kǎmén
Cantonese Wong6gok3 Kaa1mun4
Directed by Wong Kar-wai
Produced by Alan Tang
Written by Jeffrey Lau
Wong Kar-wai
Starring Andy Lau
Maggie Cheung
Jacky Cheung
Music by Danny Chung
Teddy Robin
Cinematography Andrew Lau
Edited by Bei-Dak Cheong
William Chang (uncredited)
Distributed by Kino International
Release dates
  • 9 June 1988 (1988-06-09)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office HK$11,532,283
(Hong Kong)
(United States)[1]

As Tears Go By is a 1988 Hong Kong action drama film that was the directorial debut of Wong Kar-wai that starred Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung and Jacky Cheung. Critics have compared the film to Martin Scorsese's Mean Streets,[2] as the central plot revolves around a small time gangster (Lau) trying to keep his friend (Cheung) out of trouble. It also screened at 1989's Cannes Film Festival, during Directors' Fortnight.[3]




Box office[edit]

During its initial Hong Kong theatrical run, As Tears Go By grossed HK $11,532,283. It remained Wong Kar Wai's highest-grossing film in Hong Kong, and his only film to gross over HK $10 million, until the record was broken with the release of The Grandmaster in January 2013.

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ "As Tears Go By". Retrieved 22 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Mottram, James. "Wong Kar-Wai interview: the revered film director on returning to his first love - kung fu". The Independent. Retrieved 22 January 2015. 
  3. ^ Bettinson, Gary (2014). The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-wai: Film Poetics and the Aesthetic of Disturbance. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press. p. xvi. ISBN 9888139290. 
  4. ^ "As Tears Go By". Retrieved 23 July 2010. 

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