Winner: Best Director- Cannes Film Festival, 1997
Inspired by an admired Manuel Puig novel, Wong Kar-wai traveled to Argentina to make this film about being out of love and being out of place. Two gay ex-pat Hong Kongers, rancorous lovers, strand themselves in Argentina, taking on a variety of jobs after their break-up. The more grounded, and more dour, Lai Yiu-Fai (played in a landmark performance by Tony Leung) works first at a tango bar, before drifting on to other odd jobs; Ho Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung) turns tricks. After a scrape, Po-Wing shacks up at Yiu-Fai's and this attempt at cohabitation establishes the impossibility of reconciliation. A movie released in the year of the Handover, Happy Together unfolds on the other side of the globe from Hong Kong and is informed by such gravity. A story of failed tourism, Happy Together presents the idea of home as both haunting and long- gone. It is also a visual feast, with Christopher Doyle's ever dazzling and unmooring variety of film stocks and shooting speeds persisting as a jazzy and stimulating visual accompaniment to another tale of Wongean ache.
Director and Writer: Wong Kar-wai (1997, 98 minutes)
Cinematographer: Christopher Doyle
Starring: Tony Leung (Chiu-wai), Leslie Cheung. Chang Chen, Iguazu Falls (cameo)