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Encyclopedia > Happy Together (movie)

Happy Together (春光乍泄) is a 1997 Hong Kong movie directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu Wai. See also: 1996 in film, other events of 1997, 1998 in film, list of years in film. Events Summer - Production begins on Star Wars, Episode I - The Phantom Menace. ... Film refers to the celluloid media on which movies are printed Film is a term that encompasses motion pictures as individual projects, as well as the field in general. ... Wong Kar-Wai Wong Kar-wai (Traditional Chinese: 王家衛; Simplified Chinese: 王家卫; pinyin: ) (born July 17, 1958) is a Hong Kong film director. ... Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing (Traditional Chinese: 張國榮; Simplified Chinese: 张国荣; pinyin: Zhāng Guóróng, WG: Chang Kuo-jung) (September 12, 1956 - April 1, 2003) was a Cantopop singer and the star of several Hong Kong movies. ... Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Chinese: 梁朝偉; pinyin: ) (born June 27, 1962) is a Hong Kong movie and ex-television actor. ...


Wong Kar-wai interview excerpt:

"In this film, some audiences will say that the title seems to be very cynical, because it is about two persons living together, and at the end, they are just separate. But to me, happy together can apply to two persons or apply to a person and his past, and I think sometimes when a person is at peace with himself and his past, I think it is the beginning of a relationship which can be happy, and also he can be more open to more possibilities in the future with other people." [1] (http://www.asiastudios.com/interviews/members/wongkarwai.html)
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A gay couple from pre-handover Hong Kong visits Argentina to renew their lagging relationship. Among other sites, they want to visit the Iguacu waterfalls which serve as a leitmotiv in the movie and represents their desire to revive the intensity of attraction they felt at the outset of their relationship. Gay, in addition to meaning happy, also means, simplistically, preferring the same sex (i. ... Iguaçu Falls Iguaçu Falls For the cities where the falls are located, see Foz do Iguaçu, a major city located in the Brazilian state of Paraná Puerto Iguazú, a city located in the Argentinian province of Misiones. ... A leitmotif (also spelled leitmotiv) is a recurring musical theme, associated within a particular piece of music with a particular person, place or idea. ...


The couple runs out of money and are forced to work in order to return to Hong Kong. Separating, Ho-Po Wing (Leslie Cheung) becomes a hustler, while Lai Yiu-fai (Tony Leung Chiu Wai) works odd jobs at a tango bar, Chinese restaurant, and meat factory. Leslie Cheung Kwok Wing (Traditional Chinese: 張國榮; Simplified Chinese: 张国荣; pinyin: Zhāng Guóróng, WG: Chang Kuo-jung) (September 12, 1956 - April 1, 2003) was a Cantopop singer and the star of several Hong Kong movies. ... Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Chinese: 梁朝偉; pinyin: ) (born June 27, 1962) is a Hong Kong movie and ex-television actor. ...


One day Ho-Po Wing turns up severely beaten at Lai Yiu-fai's apartment, who takes him in and begins to take care of him. The familiar cycle of mutual abuse and dependence is rekindled, although on a superficial level Lai works hard to keep Ho-Po at bay physically and emotionally.


At work, Lai meets Chang, a fellow Chinese from Taiwan. Chang's unassuming self-awareness and sincerity help Lai out of his depression, contributing to his eventual realization that his relationship with Ho-Po Wing is based on an ideal which no longer has any basis in reality.


Eventually, Lai finds the strength to visit the waterfalls and return to Hong Kong.


Awards

The palace in which the festival takes place. ...

See also

The history of Chinese-language cinema has three separate threads of development: Cinema of Hong Kong, Cinema of China, and Cinema of Taiwan. ...

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