IF YOU ARE HOMOPHOBIC, BE AWARE THAT THIS COUPLE IS GAY.
Title: Happy Together (Chun gwong Cha sit )
IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0118845/ (User Rating 7.6)
Director: Wong Kar-Wai (also writer & producer)
Director of Photography: Christopher Doyle (The Mighty One)
Length: 96 min
Aspect: WS Enhanced for 16x9 TV
Version: KINO Special Edition
Video: Remastered From A New HD Film Transfer (2008)
Audio: 5.1 Cantonese
Subtitles: English (Optional)
Source: NTSC Retail
Extras: Buenos Aires Zero Degrees (1999, 59 min)
WKW at The Museum of the Moving Image (2008, 44 min)
Added: jpg images of the front and back of the DVD box
Plot: A Hong Kong couple try to "start over" for the umpteenth time by taking a holiday to Buenos Aires. They begin by having fun, only to quickly fall back into their old habits. They break up again, try again to start over, but their love is tumultuous. Problems continue despite the obvious depth of their love, and all their efforts to stay "happy together."
This kind of bittersweet love has never been better portrayed on film. The story is one we have all experienced... one of a deep obsessive love that is probably unhealthy, but nonetheless makes us feel wonderful, at least for a little while. We break up and make up repeatedly, always hoping this time love will fulfill its promise. Even though it always ends up hurting us, we still "can't see me loving nobody but you, for all my life." (lyrics from the old song by The Turtles, which inspired the English title, and which is performed over the closing credits by Danny Chung.) The ending was not sentimental, yet brought tears to my eyes.
This is not a different "version" of the film, just a cleaned-up DVD transfer.
At long last, we have a very high-quality release of this film, and it includes the excellent making-of documentary, "Buenos Aires Zero Degrees," as well as a doc of WKW being interviewed at the Museum of the Moving Image. Both docs are really interesting.
I've left the DVD almost completely untouched, simply ripping to DVD5 size. The main movie is at 83% compression and the remainder of the DVD is 45%. For the audio, I left the 5.1 and removed the 2.0. This is what works for me, as I like to have the extras, but I don't rate them as high as the main feature. Anyways, the entire DVD looks and sounds great.
Happy Together is my favourite WKW film. It is also by far my favourite performance by the late Leslie Cheung, and one of my favourites by the great Tony Leung. The movie is a true international production, filmed on location in Argentina and Hong Kong, employing people of many different nationalities.
I hope you enjoy the film as much as I do! If you do, please seed!