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Movie – Happy Together

January 7, 2007

Finally I was able to watch Brokeback Mountain DVD ( why my NB couldn’t play Mad I had to do something about it so that I can watch DVD in my NB on my bed)

Anyway, since Brokeback Mountain (2005) is a newer movie and you have more chances to watch than the one below, I needn’t introduce here. It’s a slow-pacing movie, which was beautifully filmed (the scenery drew lots of attentions from me), but whether you like it or not depends on your taste. Anyway, it won 3 Oscars and another 73 wins.
(PS: It was rated R21 in Singapore but 7 in Sweden. Roll )

Another movie of gay theme that also won a big award is

    Imagine me and you, I do
    I think about you day and night, it’s only right
    To think about the girl you love and hold her tight
    So happy together…

That is “Happy Together” (1997) by Kar Wai Wong, which won the award of Best Director in Cannes Film Festival (Note Kar Wai Wong is one of their favorite international directors).

from IMDB
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. …

(The whole summary is really a summary; ie. giving out the story too much.)

The Chinese title is called “Cheun gwong tsa sit” (in Cantonese), meaning Spring just Began or Sights of Spring just Showed. That’s quite different from the English title, “Happy Together” or the subtitle, “The Story of Reunion”. In fact, this movie is not Happy Ever After, and the Chinese title is actually better in describing this movie (ie, it’s not a movie with a sad ending either).

Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing had gone through several break-ups. But Yiu-Fai couldn’t resist every time when Po-Wing said, “Let’s start over again”. That phrase is part of the central theme of this movie. As said by Po-Wing, this sentence has two meanings: (1) Let’s break up or (2) Let’s be together.

The story was told sometimes with Yiu-Fai’s narration. Only in the later half of this movie, came with the voice from another young Taiwanese, who left home and came to Argentina to think. An observant young man, he found Yiu-Fai changed from being happy to unhappy. Meanwhile, Yiu-Fai had to think for himself: what is he going to do?

The movie was shot in part black-and white and in part color. It doesnt’ show the beautiful scenery in Argentina, except Iguazu Falls, where Yiu-Fai and Po-Wing initially planned to visit. It’s also kind of slow pacing and is not in a straightforward way. Director Kar Wai Wong is well known for shooting a movie without a real script, and shooting a scene over and over again until that’s what he wanted. The end result of this movie (and many of his latter movies) presents protagonists with certain suppress emotions and a story of many metaphors.

Later last year, a 10th-Anniversary limited DVD boxset was released in HK & Taiwan (2 DVDs, 1 CD, some posters & postcards, a lamp with the photo of Iguazu Falls, and a love-you-till-the-end boxer; check the product zoom-in in the link)

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