Days of Being Wild (A Fei zheng chuan) (1990) - Rotten Tomatoes

Days of Being Wild (A Fei zheng chuan) (1990)



Critic Consensus: Days of Being Wild uses a young man's struggle to come to terms with a family secret as the foundation for a beautifully filmed drama with a darkly dreamy allure.

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Set in 1960, the film center of the young, boyishly handsome Yuddy (Leslie Cheung), who learns from the drunken ex-prostitute who raised him that she is not his real mother. Hoping to hold onto him, she refuses to divulge the name of his real birth mother. The revelation shakes Yuddy to his very core, unleashing a cascade of conflicting emotions. Two women have the bad luck to fall for Yuddy. One is a quiet lass who works at a sport arena named Su Lizhen (Maggie Cheung), while the other is a glitzy showgirl named Mimi (Carina Lau). Perhaps due to his unresolved Oedipal issues, he passively lets the two compete for him, unable or unwilling to make a choice. As Lizhen slowly confides her frustration to a cop named Tide (Andy Lau), he falls for her. The same is true for Yuddy's friend Zeb (Jacky Cheung), who falls for Mimi. Later, Yuddy learns of his birth mother's whereabouts and heads out to the Philippines. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

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Maggie Cheung
as Su Lizen
Carina Lau
as Leung Fung-ying
Rebecca Pan
as Rebecca (as Tik-Wa Poon)

Critic Reviews for Days of Being Wild (A Fei zheng chuan)

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (16)

Needless to say a must-see for Wongcolytes, Days of Being Wild is also an excellent entry point for people who haven't yet caught this most exotic and habit-forming of cinematic bugs.

February 25, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Every shot is perfectly composed and compelling, with light and shadow manipulated to maximum effect.

February 25, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

It now seems like a promising apprentice work, almost a blueprint for the writer-director's most acclaimed and famous film, In the Mood for Love.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

There are images in Days that can make your heart stop for no other reason than that they're perfect.

February 18, 2005 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Top Critic

It may have been released in the olden days of 1991, but Wong Kar-Wai's Days of Being Wild remains pulsatingly contemporary.

February 3, 2005 | Full Review…

A triumph of movie pop poetics.

January 13, 2005 | Rating: 4/4

Audience Reviews for Days of Being Wild (A Fei zheng chuan)

Wong Kar Wai's somehow reaching his unique style in here

Arash Xak
Arash Xak

Super Reviewer

Wong Kar Wai and Maggie Cheung. Together, a project couldn't possibly go off the ropes and it doesn't here. Those who saw In the Mood for Love should treat themselves to early Wai.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

In the Mood for 2046. Only just hints at what is to come from Wong Kar Wai. Heavy with atmosphere and loathesome characters.

Bob Stinson
Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

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