Happy Together (cantonese): 1997 GAY Interest
English subs are hard encoded.
Directed by: Wong Kar-wai
Starring: Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung
Summary: A gay couple, Ho Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung) and Lai Yiu-fai (Tony Leung Chiu Wai), from pre-handover Hong Kong visit Argentina to renew their ailing relationship. The two have a continual pattern of abuse, followed by break-up then reconciliation. One of their main goals there is to visit the Iguazu waterfalls which serves as a leitmotiv in the movie.
The latest from HK auteur Wong Kar-Wai is an elliptical, quicksilver experiment and the film that cemented his international reputation as one of the leading filmmakers of our time. Happy Together is an exercise in emotional estrangement—from one’s lover, one’s homeland, and oneself. Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Leslie Cheung are the lovers whose tumultuous relationship is a process of breaking up and making up.
The two decide to start over in Buenos Aires, but true to form their bickering dissolves their relationship. Never reaching the waterfall they intended to visit in the first place, they go their separate ways. Somehow they find themselves back together, and the slow burn of their disintegrating love provides more exploration into the lives of lost, lonely souls that is Wong Kar-Wai’s never-ending obsession.
As is usual, there are no real answers provided by Wong's existential musings. Happy Together is simply a journey, and an affecting one. Eventually, what we find is reflection of where we belong, where we find our home, and what happened along the way. Christopher Doyle shoots the film in lovely shades of rich, lurid color. Arty and existential to an almost maddening end, this film is pure Wong Kar-Wai, which is equal parts longing, regret, and pathetic beauty. (Kozo 1997)