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Happy Together (1997)

Chun gwong cha sit (original title)
Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift. A disillusioned Yiu-Fai starts working at a... See full summary »

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Chang
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Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing arrive in Argentina from Hong Kong and take to the road for a holiday. Something is wrong and their relationship goes adrift. A disillusioned Yiu-Fai starts working at a tango bar to save up for his trip home. When a beaten and bruised Po-Wing reappears, Yiu-Fai is empathetic but is unable to enter a more intimate relationship. After all, Po-Wing is not ready to settle down. Yiu-Fai now works in a Chinese restaurant and meets the youthful Chang from Taiwan. Yiu-Fai's life takes on a new spin, while Po-Wing's life shatters continually in contrast. Written by Perry Yu <perry@pobox.com>

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30 May 1997 (Hong Kong)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$153,096 (USA) (14 November 1997)

Gross:

$187,508 (USA) (21 November 1997)
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Trivia

Tony Chiu-Wai Leung was unaware that his character does boxing. Kar-Wai Wong made Chiu Wai take boxing lessons and later filmed fight scenes that were cut from the final film. Wong said Chiu Wai's performance was improved because of the energy he had from boxing. See more »

Goofs

Before Fai push starts the old car, the engine has already started while it is standing still. See more »

Quotes

Ho Po-wing: Do you regret being with me?
Lai Yiu-fai: Damn right I do! I had no regrets until I met you. Now my regrets could kill me.
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Crazy Credits

In some prints, Jacques Picoux (the French subtitle translator) is listed twice in a row in the closing credits. See more »

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Referenced in In the Mood for Love (2000) See more »

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Prologue (Tango Apasionado)
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Best movie ever made
24 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the best movie ever made, beautifully shot and so many memorable scenes. We could feel the character's pain and loneliness in the movie, being stuck in a foreign country in a shitty apartment with a shitty job.

What I liked most about the movie was that Wong didn't make a movie about two gay people, he made a movie about two lovers. Tony being the man in the relationship just wanted to see his lover in the apartment after a long day of work. Leslie being the "female" of the relationship wanted someone to take care of him, but yet also wanted adventure and hated being stuck in an apartment all day as a "housewife".

As for the cinematography, it is right up there with In the mood for love. Tony Leung, a big star in Hong Kong, willing to do the sex scene because he knows the brilliant of Wong Kar Wai. Would any of the Hollywood stars do the same? 10/10


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