Film: Happy Together (Hong Kong)

Dir: Wong Kar-Wai, M, Hong Kong S.A.R., China, 1997, 96mins, Subtitled

After the critical success of Chungking Express and Fallen Angels, Wong was propelled to try something new. With the 1997 Hong Kong handover looming and pressure to make this monumental event the subject of his next film, he decided to take inspiration from an entirely new locale and found himself in Argentina.

Happy Together is the story of a relationship told in three parts through the eyes of Lai Yiu-fai (Tony Leung Chiu-wai). When the film opens, he’s on the road in search of the Iguaza Falls with Ho Po-wing (Leslie Cheung).

The film charts the intense push-pull of his relationship with Ho and his friendship with another exile, Chang (Cheng Chang).

In 1997, Wong Kar Wai was the first Chinese director to win Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival for Happy Together. With its heady mix of visual style and deep passion, it’s a film that finds the director at the height of his talents – in large part due to the electrifying on-screen partnership of Cheung and Leung and the strong collaboration behind the camera with art director-editor William Chang and cinematographer Christopher Doyle.

This 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the 35mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata and Jet Tone. It was supervised and approved by Wong Kar-Wai.

Notes by Kristy Matheson.

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