As Tears Go By

(Wong Gok ka moon)

4K Digital Restoration


Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Alex Man,

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A low-level hoodlum on the bloody streets of Hong Kong’s notorious Mong Kok district must choose between a woman’s love and fealty to his hotheaded blood brother in Wong Kar Wai’s feature debut, which provided enough fistfights and street battles to please audiences while debuting the mood-drenched atmospherics and unabashed romanticism that would define his career. Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung (in a role she credits as making audiences aware of her dramatic potential), and Jacky Cheung star in this triad opera, “a tragic study of little people in a big city” as Wong himself described it, filmed furtively amidst Mong Kok’s “life in the raw.”

Jason Sanders
  • Wong Kar Wai
  • Jeffrey Lau
  • Andrew Lau
  • Cantonese
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • Color
  • Digital streaming
  • 102 mins
  • Janus Films