Happy Together

A love so great that the person would be willing to carry their own sadness to the end of the world, to lessen the burdens of life and open the door to a new beginning free of difficulties and strife.

shapeimage_2Yiu-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. When a beaten and bruised Po-Wing reappears, Yiu-Fai is empathetic but is unable to enter a more intimate relationship. After all, Po-Wing is not ready to settle down. Yiu-Fai now works in a Chinese restaurant and meets the youthful Chang from Taiwan. Yiu-Fai’s life takes on a new spin, while Po-Wing’s life shatters continually in contrast.

The feeling expressed in Happy Together is that of loneliness and despair, as characters drift spectre-like through desolate cities attempting to cling to moments and memories as if gasping for their final breath; and all the while distorted by a frequently hypnotic approach to music, structure, pace and cinematography.

The use of Buenos Aires as the central setting adds texture to the film, and the vibrant way in which the rhythm of the film becomes tuned to that of the Argentine tango that swirls through the bar where the characters rediscover one another; with the staccato rhythms of the movement underscored by the sad reflections of the accordion music and the stampeding percussion of feet against floors, combined with continual hints of tortured romanticism that are so central to these characters and the odd situation they find themselves in.

These are certain unspoken facets of this relationship and the fact that the film focuses on a homosexual relationship is ultimately secondary. The film is about that urge and desire to belong to something or someone – and the pursuit of an unrequited love that is powerful enough to drive you to the end of the world, always easy to identify with, regardless of gender or sexuality.

The film  expresses slightly more profound feelings through the friendship of Lai Yiu-fai and the young runaway Chang — a mutual respect and unspoken love that goes beyond sex and sexuality; creating a pure statement on the notion of love and the desire to belong to someone or something, within a certain time or place.

A love so great that the person would be willing to carry their own sadness to the end of the world, to lessen the burdens of life and open the door to a new beginning free of difficulties and strife.

(Source: imdb.com)

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Original Title: Chun gwong cha sit

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Language:  Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish

Country:  Hong Kong

Category:  Drama

Director:  Kar Wai Wong

Stars:  Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Chen Chang

Run time: 96 min

Release:  1997

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