Days of Being Wild
|Days of Being Wild|
|Cantonese||aa3 fei1 zing3 zyun6|
|Literally||True story of a hooligan|
|Directed by||Wong Kar-wai|
|Produced by||Alan Tang|
|Written by||Wong Kar-wai|
|Music by||Terry Chan|
|Edited by||Kai Kit-wai|
|Distributed by||In-Gear Films|
|Box office||US$146,310 (Worldwide)|
Days of Being Wild is a 1990 Hong Kong drama film directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film stars some of the best-known actors and actresses in Hong Kong, including Leslie Cheung, Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau, Jacky Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai. Days of Being Wild also marks the first collaboration between Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle, with whom he has since made six more films.
The movie is set in Hong Kong and the Philippines in 1960–61. Yuddy, or 'York' in English (Leslie Cheung), is a playboy in Hong Kong and is well known for stealing girls' hearts and breaking them. His first lover in the film is Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung), who suffers depression as a result of Yuddy's wayward attitude. Li-zhen eventually seeks much-needed solace from a sympathetic policeman named Tide (Andy Lau). Their near-romance is often hinted but never materializes.
York's next romance is with a vivacious cabaret dancer whose stage name is Mimi (Carina Lau). Mimi is also loved by York's best friend, Zeb (Jacky Cheung). Unsurprisingly, York spurns her, and she begins a period of self-destruction. York initiates romantic relationships but refuses to commit to the relationship and is unwilling to make compromises. He is conflicted about his feelings about his adoptive mother, a former prostitute played by Rebecca Pan, and is obsessed about his biological mother, whom he eventually discovers is a Filipino aristocrat.
Cast and roles
- Leslie Cheung as Yuddy (Chinese: 旭仔; Jyutping: Juk1zai2; pinyin: Xùzǎi)
- Andy Lau as Tide (Chinese: 超仔; Jyutping: Ciu1zai2; pinyin: Chāozǎi), Policeman 6117, who becomes a friend and confidant of Su Li-zhen and later, after the death of his mother, he becomes a sailor and goes to the Philippines
- Maggie Cheung as Su Lizhen (traditional Chinese: 蘇麗珍; simplified Chinese: 苏丽珍; Jyutping: Sou1 Lai6zan1; pinyin: Sū Lìzhēn), who grew up in Macau and is the ex-girlfriend of Yuddy
- Carina Lau as Leung Fung-ying (traditional Chinese: 梁鳳英; simplified Chinese: 梁凤英; Jyutping: Loeng4 Fung6jing1; pinyin: Liáng Fèngyīng), Mimi/Lulu (Chinese: 咪咪; Jyutping: Mi1mi1; pinyin: Mīmī), the girlfriend of Yuddy
- Rebecca Pan as Rebecca, a former prostitute who raises Yuddy, has a love-and-hate relationship with Yuddy, because she refuses to reveal the identity of Yuddy's biological mother
- Jacky Cheung as Zeb (Chinese: 歪仔; Jyutping: Waai1zai2; pinyin: Wāizǎi), Yuddy's friend since childhood; Yuddy used to live above Zeb's family's garage as a kid; Zeb fancies Mimi/Lulu
- Danilo Antunes as Rebecca's lover, who only goes for her money
- Hung Mei-mei as the Amah
- Ling Ling-hung as Nurse
- Tita Muñoz as Yuddy's Mother
- Alicia Alonzo as Housekeeper
- Elena Lim So as Hotel Manager
- Maritoni Fernandez as Hotel Maid
- Angela Ponos as Prostitute
- Nonong Talbo as Train Conductor
- Tony Leung Chiu-wai as Gambler (traditional Chinese: 周慕雲; simplified Chinese: 周慕云; Jyutping: Zau1 Mou6wan4; pinyin: Zhōu Mùyún)
- Los Indios Tabajaras, "Always in My Heart"
- Xavier Cugat, "Perfidia"
- Leslie Cheung performed the song 何去何從之阿飛正傳 loosely translated as 'Choice' or 'The True Story of Ah Fei' as the film's theme song and is also found in his album Beloved (寵愛).
- 梅豔芳 (Anita Mui) – 是這樣的 – the Cantonese cover of the theme song and is featured at the end of the film during the credits.
Days of Being Wild grossed HK$9,751,942 in its Hong Kong run, a number that would become typical for a Wong Kar Wai film. With the starry cast, this figure was considered a disappointment. Still, the film was successful enough to warrant a parody (The Days of Being Dumb, which also featured Tony Leung), and now routinely tops Hong Kong critics' lists of the best local productions.
On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 91% based on 32 reviews, with an average rating of 7.70/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Days of Being Wild uses a young man's struggle to come to terms with a family secret as the foundation for a beautifully filmed drama with a darkly dreamy allure." On Metacritic, the film has a weighted average score of 96 out of 100 based on 14 critic reviews, indicating "universal acclaim".
The film ranked at number three on the Hong Kong Film Awards Association (HKFAA)'s 2005 list of The Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures. It placed at number 37 on the "Asian Cinema 100 List" at the 20th Busan International Film Festival in 2015.
Awards and nominations
|Awards and nominations|
|10th Hong Kong Film Awards||Best Film||Days of Being Wild||Won|
|Best Director||Wong Kar-wai||Won|
|Best Screenplay||Wong Kar-wai||Nominated|
|Best Actor||Leslie Cheung||Won|
|Best Actress||Carina Lau||Nominated|
|Best Supporting Actress||Rebecca Pan||Nominated|
|Best Cinematography||Christopher Doyle||Won|
|Best Art Direction||William Chang||Won|
|Best Film Editing||Patrick Tam||Nominated|
|37th Asia Pacific Film Festival||Best Actor||Leslie Cheung||Nominated|
|2nd Golden Bauhinia Awards||Best Hong Kong film of the last 10 years||Days of Being Wild||Won|
|24th Hong Kong Film Awards||Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures (#3)||Days of Being Wild||Won|
|Top 100 Favorite movies of Chinese Cinema (#2)||Days of Being Wild||Won|
|48th Golden Horse Awards||100 Greatest Chinese-Language Films (#4)||Days of Being Wild||Won|
- Leslie Cheung filmography
- Andy Lau filmography
- Jacky Cheung filmography
- Cinema of Hong Kong
- Christopher Doyle
- List of movies set in Hong Kong
- List of Hong Kong films
- Alan Tang
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