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Happy Together Movie Review

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Happy Together looks great and Wang Kar-Wai aficionados will appreciate this movie that's about everything BUT the story of a relationship. For me, it was like flipping through the travelogues of strangers. It shows Hong Kong stars Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai as gay lovers in Buenos Aires, Argentina, who are together, then apart, then sort of but not really together again. Instead of listening to “California Dreaming” over and over again as we did in Chung King Express, we get to hear (what else?) “Happy Together.” Christopher Doyle's cinematography is so spectacular, I wanted to be absorbed by this style-driven movie, but the 92-minute script says nothing about the characters that I couldn't get from a promotional poster. AKA: Cheun Gwong Tsa Sit; Spring Brilliance Suddenly Pours Out.

1996 92m/C HK Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Chang Chen; D: Wong Kar-Wai; W: Wong Kar-Wai, Kar-Wei Wong; C: Christopher Doyle; M: Danny Chung. Cannes Film Festival ‘97: Best Director (Kar-Wai); Nominations: Independent Spirit Awards ‘98: Best Foreign Film. VHS

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