World of Wong Kar Wai: Happy Together

(Hong Kong/1990—directed by Wong Kar Wai)

With his lush visuals, stirring soundtracks, and soulful romanticism, Wong Kar Wai has established himself as one of the defining auteurs of contemporary cinema.

The DFT presented a retrospective of newly restored WKW classics virtually during the pandemic last year, but we’re happier still to now be presenting four of his masterworks in stunning 4K resolution on the big screen, the way they cry out to be seen.

One of the most searing romances of the 1990s, Wong Kar Wai’s emotionally raw, lushly stylized portrait of a relationship in breakdown casts Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung as a couple traveling through Argentina and locked in a turbulent cycle of infatuation and destructive jealousy as they break up, make up, and fall apart again and again.

Setting out to depict the dynamics of a queer relationship with empathy and complexity on the cusp of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong—when the country’s LGBT community suddenly faced an uncertain future—Wong crafts a feverish look at the life cycle of a love affair that is by turns devastating and deliriously romantic.

This new 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the original 35mm camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata laboratories and was supervised by Wong Kar Wai. Winner, Best Director, Cannes Film Festival 1997. In Cantonese, Mandarin, and Spanish with English subtitles. (96 minutes)

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