Happy Together

Directed by Wong Kar Wai | Hong Kong 1997 | 96 min
Lingua: Versione doppiata in Italiano


Talk about sex. Making poetry.

Po-wing and Yiu-fai are a couple. A gay couple who decide to move from Hong Hong to Argentina in search of a future. Po-wing and Yiu-fai could not be more different, despite the strong bond, and on their torments, on their distances, Wong Kar Wai beautifully builds Happy Together: the chronicle of a love as desired as it is impervious, painful, with the famous Turtles song called to play counterpoint. Will the couple withstand the shocks of their new life or will the famous tango scene be just the harbinger of an inevitable farewell?

Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Chen Chang
Kar-Wai Wong, Manuel Puig,
Kar-Wai Wong, Ye-cheng Chan
Cinematography by:
Christopher Doyle
Music by:
Danny Chung
Film Editing by:
William Chang, Ming Lam Wong

Tribute to Wong Kar-wai

Wong Kar-Wai is the most Western of the directors who have come out of the new wave of oriental cinema since the 1980s. He is an experimental director and a profound innovator of the cinematographic language: he is probably the director Godard would have been if he had been born in China thirty years later. His films maintain the classic cut of oriental culture especially in the themes of the stories, they never exaggerate with tones and do not even know what morbidity is: feelings are described and staged in a modest way, space is left for amazement but never for complacency. Think of a writer like Haruki Murakami, one of the symbolic authors of contemporary Japanese literature. His stories are universal but the way in which his writing deals with feelings refers to a distant culture, a culture in which themes such as sex, drugs and even death are dealt with in a vital way, in natural contrast to the typical heaviness of Western culture