旺角卡門 (As Tears Go By) 1988 R18+
1.00PM Sat 1 May 2021 (1hr 42mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Booked Out
As Tears Go By will screen from a 4K digital restoration.
Wah (Andy Lau) works the gritty streets of Kowloon, enforcing for a local mobster with his wayward offsider Fly (Jacky Cheung). Hardened by his nocturnal lifestyle, Wah’s world is upended with the arrival of his cousin Ngor (Maggie Cheung). As their relationship grows, he’s torn between navigating these opposing futures but when Fly double-crosses a rival gang, the codes of brotherhood prevail, and he must act.
With its themes of self-sacrifice and loyalty, frenetic action sequences and expert use of pop music, As Tears Go By has often drawn comparisons to Martin Scorsese’s Mean Streets 1973. In a 1994 interview, Wong Kar Wai said, “when I saw Mean Streets for the first time, it was a shock to me because I had the impression that story could have happened in Hong Kong.” Drawing on his own observations of the city’s underbelly for the plot and working within the genre conventions for which the Hong Kong industry was famous, Wong infused his gangster film with a unique approach to character-based storytelling and signature ‘pop’ aesthetics. Winner of numerous Hong Kong Film Awards, the film was a commercial success and confirmed Wong Kar Wai’s path from scriptwriter to director.
– Kristy Matheson, ACMI
Please note: tickets are available for sale online until 30 minutes prior to the screening (subject to availability). Door sales will not be available. A ticket is required for entry.
35MM, COLOUR, MONO, 102 MINUTES, HONG KONG, CANTONESE (ENGLISH SUBTITLES) / DIRECTOR: WONG KAR WAI / SCRIPT: WONG KAR WAI, JEFFREY LAU / CINEMATOGRAPHER: ANDREW LAU / EDITORS: HAI KIT-WAI, BEI-DAK CHEONG / PROD CO: IN-GEAR FILM / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: MEDIA ASIA / SCREENING FORMAT: 4K RESTORATION DCP