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Buenos Aires provides the unexpected setting for Wong’s lyrical examination of doomed love and gay male sexuality, with Hong Kong superstars Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai continually locked together in either embrace or embattlement. Fleeing Hong Kong, the two find themselves separated and adrift in an atmospherically cobblestoned Buenos Aires of tango bars and sleazy flophouses, with only habit and spite—and a dream of Iguazu Falls—to unite them. Romantically shot by Christopher Doyle in both sumptuous black-and-white and grime-coated color, simultaneously bruising and yearning, Happy Together is “a take-no-prisoners movie that’s the very antithesis of sentimental gay love stories” (Kenneth Turan).

—Jason Sanders

  • Year
  • Runtime
    96 minutes
  • Language
    Cantonese, Mandarin, Spanish
  • Country
    Hong Kong
  • Director
    Wong Kar Wai
  • Screenwriter
    Wong Kar Wai
  • Cast
    Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Leslie Cheung, Chang Chen
  • Cinematographer
    Christopher Doyle