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Days of Being Wild
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
Jacky Cheung
and Tony Leung Chiu-wai. Days of Being Wild
Days of Being Wild
also marks the first collaboration between Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle, with whom he has since made six more films.[2][3] The movie forms the first part of an informal trilogy, together with In the Mood for Love
In the Mood for Love
(released in 2000) and 2046 (released in 2004).[3]


1 Plot details 2 Analysis 3 Cast and roles 4 Music 5 Box office 6 Reception 7 Awards and nominations 8 See also 9 References 10 External links

Plot details[edit] 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 emotional and mental 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 at 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 dumps her too 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, who he eventually discovers is a Filipino aristocrat. Analysis[edit] Almost entirely ignored on its original release, the film has gathered strong critical interest over time, though some do not discern a narrative arc that brings the pieces together. Cast and roles[edit]

Leslie Cheung
Leslie Cheung
as Yuddy (旭仔 Yūkjái)[4] Andy Lau
Andy Lau
as Tide (超仔 Chīujái), 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
Maggie Cheung
as Su Lizhen (苏丽珍 Sōu Laih-jān), who grew up in Macau
and is the ex-girlfriend of Yuddy Carina Lau as Leung Fung-ying, Mimi/Lulu, 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
Jacky Cheung
as Zeb (歪仔 Wāaijái), 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 Manageress Maritoni Fernandez as Hotel Maid Angela Ponos as Prostitute Nonong Talbo as Train Conductor Tony Leung Chiu-wai
Tony Leung Chiu-wai
as Gambler


Los Indios Tabajaras, "Always In My Heart" Xavier Cugat, "Perfidia" Leslie Cheung
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.

Box office[edit] Days of Being Wild
Days of Being Wild
grossed HK $9,751,942 in its Hong Kong run,[5] 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. Reception[edit] Days of Being Wild
Days of Being Wild
has a 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes[6] and a 96/100 on Metacritic.[7] Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations

Ceremony Category Recipient Outcome

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

See also[edit]

Film portal

Leslie Cheung
Leslie Cheung
filmography Andy Lau
Andy Lau
filmography Jacky Cheung
Jacky Cheung
filmography Cinema of Hong Kong Christopher Doyle List of movies set in Hong Kong List of Hong Kong films Alan Tang


^ "Days Of Being Wild". BoxOfficeMojo.com. Retrieved 22 July 2011.  ^ Kevin Crust (7 January 2005). "'Days of Being Wild'". Los Angeles Times.  ^ a b "What cinema's movers and shakers say about Wong Kar-Wai I may never come back from Shanghai?". The Daily Telegraph. UK. 31 Dec 2004.  ^ Brunette, Peter; Wong, Kar-wai (22 March 2005). "Wong Kar-wai". University of Illinois Press – via Google Books.  ^ "Days of being wild". Hong Kong Film Archive. Archived from the original on 23 April 2013. Retrieved 11 March 2013.  ^ Days of Being Wild
Days of Being Wild
(A Fei zheng chuan), retrieved 2017-11-10  ^ Days of Being Wild
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(re-release), retrieved 2017-11-10 

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Wong Kar-wai

Filmography Awards and nominations

Feature films

As Tears Go By (1988) Days of Being Wild
Days of Being Wild
(1990) Chungking Express
Chungking Express
(1994) Ashes of Time (1994) Fallen Angels (1995) Happy Together (1997) In the Mood for Love
In the Mood for Love
(2000) 2046 (2004) My Blueberry Nights
My Blueberry Nights
(2007) The Grandmaster (2013)

Short films and segments

Wkw/tk/1996@7'55"hk.net (1996) Hua Yang De Nian Hua (2000) The Follow (2001) "Six Days" (2002) "The Hand" in Eros (2004) "I Travelled 9000 km To Give It To You" in To Each His Own Cinema (2007) There's Only One Sun (2007)

Television series

Tong Wars (TBA)

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Hong Kong Film Award for Best Film

Father and Son (1981) Boat People (1982) Ah Ying
Ah Ying
(1983) Homecoming (1984) Police Story (1985) A Better Tomorrow
A Better Tomorrow
(1986) An Autumn's Tale (1987) Rouge (1988) Beyond the Sunset (1989) Days of Being Wild
Days of Being Wild
(1990) To Be Number One (1991) Cageman (1992) C'est la vie, mon chéri
C'est la vie, mon chéri
(1993) Chungking Express
Chungking Express
(1994) Summer Snow (1995) Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996) Made in Hong Kong (1997) Beast Cops
Beast Cops
(1998) Ordinary Heroes (1999) Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon
(2000) Shaolin Soccer
Shaolin Soccer
(2001) Infernal Affairs
Infernal Affairs
(2002) Running on Karma
Running on Karma
(2003) Kung Fu Hustle
Kung Fu Hustle
(2004) Election (2005) After This Our Exile (2006) The Warlords
The Warlords
(2007) Ip Man (2008) Bodyguards and Assassins
Bodyguards and Assassins
(2009) Gallants (2010) A Simple Life
A Simple Life
(2011) Cold War (2012) The Grandmaster (2013) The Golden Era (2014) Ten Years (2015) Tr