As Tears Go By

Hong Kong gangster Ah Wah (Andy Lau) does all he can to keep his friend and fellow mobster Fly (Jackie Cheung) out of trouble, but Fly continues to wind up in hot water. Ah Wah's crime boss has had about as much as he can stand of Fly, but Ah Wah continues to stand by his friend. To complicate matters, Ah Wah begins to fall for his cousin (Maggie Cheung) but can't find the time to start a relationship and keep Fly out of trouble at the same time.
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This sounds like a fairly standard debut. But Wong smothers the story with tremendous style.
Wesley Morris, Boston Globe  full review
As Tears Go By doesn't measure up to Wong's later classics, such as In the Mood for Love (2000) and Chungking Express (1994), but it shows a master in the making.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
Unpersuasive as drama, Tears is the first and last Wong movie touched by any feel of the obligatory.
Nathan Lee, New York Times
Ostensibly a conventional tale of triad loyalty, As Tears Go By announced the presence of a genuine Hong Kong new wave -- as well as an ambitious cineaste.
J. Hoberman, Village Voice  full review
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  • Release Year: 1988
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 102 min
  • Available From: May 01, 2010
  • Queued by: 177 people
Directed By
Kar Wai Wong
Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung, Kau Lam, Alex Man, Ronald Wong

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