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As Tears Go By

As Tears Go By

1988
Drama
1h 42m
The cousin of the "big brother, Ngor comes from the Lantau Island of Hong Kong while Wah himself lives in Kowloon. (imdb)
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As Tears Go By

1988
Drama
1h 42m
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Rated 07 Jan 2017
3
45th
It is romanticized, melodramatic schlock (my god, that score and soundtrack), but anything set in 1980s Hong Kong has my eye, and there is something to be said for this film's visual schemes, which are kind of incredible. It is told in quick cuts and bold gestures, almost Bressonian (no really) in its essential simplicity.
Rated 23 Feb 2011
70
58th
Impressive visuals for the time it was made, proving Wong has an innate skill no matter the circumstance. The dialogue gets to be cheesy at some points, and parts of the romance subplot bothered me, but overall it's not bad. Still, watch Mean Streets before you see this movie.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
78
37th
wong kar-wais debut. typical heroic bloodshed, but you can already see what this director would eb capable of in the future.
Rated 07 Dec 2017
58
42nd
(Viewed on 28/04/14): Awkward debut from Wong Kar-Wai has been described as an Asian Mean Streets. It isn't a bad comparison, but the crime scenes are not always well handled, the tone is wobbly, and it's quite typical of HK films of its time. Traces of his future style definitely break through, especially in moody scenes that express the longing of his characters, romantic or otherwise. Just try getting the Cantonese version of Take My Breath Away out of your head after hearing it.
Rated 27 Jan 2019
65
42nd
If we're doing Mean Streets comparisons I actually think this is the better looking film by far. Dunno if it was the wonky subtitles on my copy or what but the actual gangster stuff was a bit all over the place.
Rated 30 Jan 2016
77
24th
Stylish with some breathtaking shots and lighting, but otherwise this is a pretty naff film with an awful soundtrack, and uninteresting plot.
Rated 04 Jul 2014
80
37th
Viewed July 3, 2014. I mostly watched this because I heard there was a Chinese version of "Take My Breath Away" in it, so maybe I'm just not cut out for this movie shit.
Rated 04 Aug 2012
1
0th
It's got some good touches that hint at what Wong Kar-Wai would train and master in the future, but it's a little unfocused. It is his debut, after all. From beginning to end it feels like a Wong Kar-Wai film already, although maybe in some parallel dimension where he was never that good. Some touches of brilliance and a great climax, but a little too slow, a little too cliched, and a little too boring. Score is not a grade.
Rated 22 Mar 2013
55
32nd
poor story, but his style is remarkable
Rated 16 Jul 2014
50
17th
It's basically Mean Streets but set in Hong Kong and nowhere near as good. You wouldn't recognize this as a Wong film if you hadn't been told. The absolutely dreadful, cheesy '80s soundtrack on its own ruins the film, though it's nothing special in the first place. It's just a fairly straight forward decent Hong Kong crime film with a really good romance plot attached all presented in a slightly amateurish way (lame music, lame dubbing - why does everyone shout half the time?). Meh.
Rated 11 Jun 2022
76
38th
This is your quintessential promising debut pretty much. If you were to watch this when it came out, you’d be like “this director is very promising!” and then get to spend the next 15 years having your belief rewarded over and over
Rated 27 Jan 2016
55
22nd
Pretty blah but some nice shots here and there. Totally Mean Streets, and it's really unfortunate. Bad dubbing too.
Rated 20 Jun 2023
69
43rd
Neon gangster drama with a dreamy style that smooths over a relatively uninteresting story. Strange homage to Top Gun, the guy puts on aviators and "Take My Breath Away" plays over nearly a ten-minute makeout montage. Watchable for the 80's aesthetic.
Rated 18 May 2008
50
34th
Interesting debut by Wong Kar-Wai. It's more HK action flick meets Mean Streets than anything else but it's worth watching regardless.
Rated 07 Oct 2013
77
55th
76.500
Rated 26 Aug 2021
75
80th
Stylish triad actioner caught between bloodshed in the tradition of HK's male-weeping pop cinema and auteur's unmistakable signature (melancholic and dreamy characters in a neon-lit, foggy, rainy HK), as we follow gangster torn between falling for his cousin and trying to look after his younger bro (nicknamed Fly) -- hothead who can't keep job or work for the mob and just wants to be as badass as his bro. Take My Breath Away's chinese cover as Lau/Cheung kiss in a phone booth is just pure bliss.
Rated 06 Aug 2021
70
45th
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Rated 24 Jul 2021
19
14th
completely incomprehensible and boring
Rated 22 Mar 2020
4
70th
As Tears Go By riffs on many of the most common Hong Kong crime film cliches: a young gangster torn between love and duty, romance and revenge. But oh, what style Wong tells it with. Few feature debuts have ever been so stylistically assured and awe-inspiring. His visual sensibility was already well in place. And frankly, I happen to love those HK cliches...
Rated 06 Feb 2021
60
35th
Mid-range 80s Hong Kong gangster movie with a romantic subplot. I don't know much about WKW, but I'm guessing that he has a soundtrack in his head before he starts writing the movie. Some interesting stylistic choices make the pretty standard plot feel a little different for a while.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
59
16th
Wong Kar Wai's first film. Like a Hong Kong version of Mean Streets except... not very good. Predictable and clichéd and poor production value (bad dubbing, silly use of slo-mo and other corny camera tricks, lousy choice of 80's cheese music).
Rated 29 Nov 2008
61
57th
Sometimes it was "rude" and has similarity with Mean Streets... But all to all ok....
Rated 05 Jan 2009
70
74th
Anything related to Fly was terrible, but the romance is fantastic.
Rated 20 Nov 2020
65
45th
There's a very violent life with great tension, the desire of relevance, the conflict with enemies; and, all of this have a strong contrast with a strong family bond that goes to the ultimate sacrifice and the beauty of a romantic love affair. The plot turns out to be very violent and emotional at the same time, which makes it look very real and bittersweet.
Rated 06 May 2009
75
73rd
Great forbidden romance from WKW
Rated 07 May 2013
70
53rd
Solid debut film by Wong Kar Wai, if a bit rough around the edges, as debuts tend to be.
Rated 20 Sep 2021
15
14th
wong kar wai's affectations make this by the numbers hk melodrama worse, not better
Rated 23 Feb 2014
56
75th
Very enjoyable Scorsese rip-off [and cousin-love story... uh O.o]. Con: no Doyle; pro: it's the '80s. Still have never made up my mind as to whether or not the super low frame rate scenes in "Chungking Express" are cool or just annoying, but the sequences with low fps and slow-mo. were super awesome in this one. Dialogue, photography, editing are gloriously cheesy.
Rated 19 Apr 2014
75
44th
Wack move with a great soundtrack.

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