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Happy Together  
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Availability:

DVD (Hong Kong)
Region 0 NTSC
Mei Ah Laser
Widescreen
Cantonese and Mandarin Language Tracks
English and Chinese Subtitles

DVD (USA)
Region 1 NTSC
Kino International Video
16x9 Anamorphic Widescreen
Cantonese Language Track
Dolby Digital 5.1
Removable English Subtitles
Trailers, Stills Gallery, Filmographies
"Buenos Aires Degrees" documentary

 
Year: 1997
Director: Wong Kar-Wai
Producer: Wong Kar-Wai
Writer: Wong Kar-Wai
Cine: Christopher Doyle
Cast: Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Chang Chen
The Skinny: Those who like Wong Kar-Wai will be dazzled. Those who hate him will hate this movie. Period.

Review
by Kozo
:

     The latest from HK auteur Wong Kar-Wai is an elliptical, quicksilver experiment and the film that cemented his international reputation as one of the leading filmmakers of our time. Happy Together is an exercise in emotional estrangement—from one’s lover, one’s homeland, and oneself. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Leslie Cheung are the lovers whose tumultuous relationship is a process of breaking up and making up. 
     The two decide to start over in Buenos Aires, but true to form their bickering dissolves their relationship. Never reaching the waterfall they intended to visit in the first place, they go their separate ways. Somehow they find themselves back together, and the slow burn of their disintegrating love provides more exploration into the lives of lost, lonely souls that is Wong Kar-Wai’s never-ending obsession. 
     As is usual, there are no real answers provided by Wong's existential musings. Happy Together is simply a journey, and an affecting one. Eventually, what we find is reflection of where we belong, where we find our home, and what happened along the way. Christopher Doyle shoots the film in lovely shades of rich, lurid color. Arty and existential to an almost maddening end, this film is pure Wong Kar-Wai, which is equal parts longing, regret, and pathetic beauty. (Kozo 1997)

Awards:
17th Annual Hong Kong Film Awards
Winner - Best Actor (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai)
Nomination - Best Picture
Nomination - Best Director (
Wong Kar-Wai)
Nomination - Best Actor (Leslie Cheung Kwok-Wing)
Nomination - Best Supporting Actor (Chang Chen)
Nomination - Best Cinematography (Christopher Doyle)
Nomination - Best Editing (William Cheung Suk-Ping, Wong Ming-Lam)
Nomination - Best Art Direction (William Cheung Suk-Ping)
Nomination - Best Costume Design (William Cheung Suk-Ping)
Golden Horse Awards
Winner - Best Cinematography (Christopher Doyle)
Cannes Film Festival
Winner - Best Director (
Wong Kar-Wai)

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