World of Wong Kar-Wai
  • December 10, 2020 through January 27 (Wednesday)
New Restoration

Days of Being Wild is the movie with which Wong Kar-Wai became Wong Kar-Wai — the most influential, passionate, and romantic of neo-new-wave directors.”

J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Wong Kar-Wai’s intoxicating second feature is one of his signature achievements. Musing on pet themes of longing, disconnection, and time, Wong’s beautiful reverie headlines Cantopop superstar and actor Leslie Cheung as Yuddy, a rootless, aimless young man drifting through a series of casual encounters. When Yuddy learns that his birth mother may be living in Manila, he sets out to find her. The evocative atmosphere and early-1960s setting anticipate In the Mood for Love, Wong’s 2000 masterpiece. The use of vintage pop songs is a directorial trademark, as are the spellbinding images of Aussie DOP and key collaborator Christopher Doyle, here shooting his first work for Wong. The cast, a virtual Who’s Who of Cantonese glitterati, includes Maggie Cheung, Carina Lau, Andy Lau, and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai. Days of Being Wild won Hong Kong Film Awards for Best Film, Director, Actor, Cinematography, and Art Direction.

Deep Focus: Wong Kar-Wai
January 7 (Thursday) 7:00 pm
Hosted online via Zoom. Registration: $8
This interactive visual lecture will explore the unique directorial style of Hong Kong’s best-loved auteur. A discussion and Q&A will follow.
Register for your ticket here.

A rapturous film … Wong floods the screen with beauty and fills the soundtrack with hypnotic rhythms.”

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

Not just good but sensationally good … The dreamy, languorous tone is like nothing you’ve ever seen or felt before.”

Tony Rayns, VIFF

In observance of the updated provincial health orders, The Cinematheque theatre will remain closed until further notice. We look forward to rescheduling in-person screenings for this retrospective at a later date.