Irish Film Institute -WONG KAR WAI: AS TEARS GO BY


Director: Wong Kar Wai

102 mins, Hong Kong, 1988, Digital, Subtitled

Set amid Hong Kong’s ruthless, neon-lit gangland underworld, this operatic saga of ambition, honour, and revenge stars Andy Lau as a small-time mob enforcer who finds himself torn between a burgeoning romance with his ailing cousin (Maggie Cheung, in the first of her iconic collaborations with WKW) and loyalty to his loose-cannon partner in crime (Jacky Cheung), whose reckless attempts to make a name for himself unleashes a spiral of violence. Marrying the pulp pleasures of the gritty Hong Kong action drama with hints of the head-rush romanticism of Wong’s 1990s work, As Tears Go By was a box-office smash that heralded the arrival of one of contemporary cinema’s most electrifying talents.  

Notes by David O’Mahony

Screening as part of The World of Wong Kar Wai season.

Book Tickets

Saturday 4th