Our LGBTQ Pride Month series as well as our revue of Hong Kong-born director Wong Kar-wai continues with the last film from his ’90s period, Happy Together.
A splintering, searing romance, the film follows follows couple Ho Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung) and Lai Yiu-Fai (Tony Leung Chiu-wai). Attempting to rekindle a lost spark, they embark on a journey that takes them to Argentina as well as the edges of their desire. All the while, time and jealousy threatens their relationship at every new bar and club.
Lovingly restored under the supervision of Wong Kar-wai and cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Happy Together is a more wholly complete presentation of this powerful story fit for the 21st century.
“This is a story of people who don’t belong and don’t particularly want to belong, and yet are inevitably sad at not belonging. If Jack Kerouac had been born 40 years later, and had he worked in film, this is precisely the kind of story he would have told.” — Edward Guthmann, SF Chronicle
“Despite the unearthly beauty of this film’s world, I suspect you’ll feel it merging with your own reality, investing your emotions with richer significance and, perhaps, making old memories and yearnings burn with fresh intensity.” — Russell Smith, Austin Chronicle
“The real star of the movie, however, is lenser Christopher Doyle (in his fifth outing with Wong), whose grainy, high-contrast visuals — shot on 35mm but ‘forced’ throughout — do much to keep the picture involving when the story is either going round in elaborate circles or revisiting earlier ground.” — Derek Elley, Variety