Wong Kar Wai

As Tears Go By

Wong Gok ka moon

A brooding crime drama with the beating heart of a romance.

Image from As Tears Go By

Hong Kong 1988
Dir Wong Kar Wai
With Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung
Digital 4K
Cantonese with English subtitles
Certificate 18

Wong’s impressive debut feature may seem like a conventional Hong Kong triad drama on the surface but it offers glimpses of what would become his distinctive signature style. This atmospheric tale of a disillusioned gangster (Lau) torn between a new love (Maggie Cheung) and old loyalties was a more reflective take on the popular genre, mixing brutal action with stylish flourishes.

This 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the 35mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata and One Cool.