HAPPY TOGETHER

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HAPPY TOGETHER

Wong Kar-Wai
HK/Argentinien, 1997
93min, OmdU

HAPPY TOGETHER

Wong Kar-Wai
HK/Argentinien, 1997
, 93min, OmdU

Cast: 
Ho Po-wing
Leslie Cheung
Lai Yiu-fai
Tony Leung Chiu-wai
Chang
Chang Chen
Screenplay: 
Wong Kar-Wai
Sound: 
Leung Chi-tat
Camera: 
Christopher Doyle
Editor: 
William Chang
Wong Ming-lam
Composer: 
Danny Chung
The Turtles
Decoration: 
William Chang
Costume: 
William Chang

Production: 
Jet Tone Productions
World Sales: 
Fortissimo Veemarkt 77-79 1019 DA Amsterdam, Niederlande T 20 627 32 15, info@fortissimo.nlRechte_fuer_OesterreichKinowelt FilmverleihKarl Tauchnitz Straße 10 04107 Leipzig, DeutschlandT 341 355 96 415, jjohn@kinowelt.de
Format: 
35 mm
Color and Black/White

There are plenty of interesting aspects to this epileptic fresco. Theres the passionate treatment of gay sex and romance by a straight director, featuring two of the hottest stars of Hongkong cinema. Theres an oblique but pungent response to the end of colonial rule in Hongkong, a sense that the characters arent sure where or who they are as they approach the uncertainty of millennial crossover with fretful wanderlust. Theres also a sidelong glance at the way a particular subculture (Chinese) can reduce a dominant local culture (Buenos Aires) to a few pop staples: tangos and milongas by Astor Piazzolla, tunes by Frank Zappa, cigarettes, two sleazy bars, one lurid lava lamp. What prevents Happy Together from becoming anything more than the sum of these parts is the same thing that keeps it alive: Wong Kar-wais cult status. (Jonathan Rosenbaum)