GenreCrime, Drama, Romance Music directorTerry Chan CountryHong Kong
English Release date15 December 1990 (1990-12-15) WriterJeffrey Lau, Kar Wai Wong Initial releaseDecember 15, 1990 (Hong Kong) Featured songsAlways In My Heart, Its Like This, Jungle Drums, Choice CastLeslie Cheung (???Yuddy?), Maggie Cheung (????Su Li-zhen?), Andy Lau (???Tide?), Carina Lau (????Leung Fung-ying?), Rebecca Pan (?????Rebecca?), Jacky Cheung (???Zeb?) Similar moviesBlackhat, Student Services, Jamon Jamon, Everyday I Love You, Southland Tales, Won't Last a Day Without You
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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 forms the first part of an informal trilogy, together with In the Mood for Love (released in 2000) and 2046 (released in 2004).
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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.
Almost entirely ignored on its original release, the film has gathered strong critical interest over time, and has a Metacritic score of 96%. Critics praise the film for its beauty and eroticism, though some do not discern a narrative arc that brings the pieces together.
Cast and roles
Leslie Cheung as Yuddy (旭仔 Yūkjái)
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 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 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 as Gambler
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.