Days of Being Wild (1990) Chinese Movie Information
Title in Chinese –阿飞正传
Title in Pinyin – A Fei Zheng Zhuan
Genre – Romance
Subject/theme – A Hong Kong playboy breaks the hearts of two women
Language – Cantonese
Region – Hong Kong, China
Hong Kong – 15 December 1990
Germany – 23 February 1991
Canada – 9 September 1991
Germany – 4 June 1998
Running Time – 94 minutes
Cast & Role Played
Leslie Cheung – Yuddy, playboy
Maggie Cheung – Li Zhen, a girl friend of Yuddy
Carina Lau – Mimi/Lulu, another girl friend of Yuddy
Andy Lau – Tide, a police officer then sailor
Rebecca Pan – prostitute and Yuddy’s step mother
Jacky Cheung – Zeb, Yuddy’s best friend
Tony Leung Chiu-wai – unnamed closing performance
Set in 1960 in Hong Kong, Days of Being Wild is about a lazy well off playboy Yuddy who seduces gentle and shy Li Zhen and rejects her and days the same again to a cabaret dancer Mimi. Initially after breaking up with Yuddy, Li Zhen could not sleep and had emotional issues. The gradually got over Yuddy with the help of a plutonic friendship with a beat cop Tide.
Desperate to meet his real mother in the Philippines who gave him away as a baby, Yuddy sets of for the Philippines to confront her. Unable to bear life with out Yuddy, Lulu gets cash from Zeb who is in love with her and follows Yuddy to the Philippines. By then Li Zhen has moved on and Tide has followed his dream of becoming a sailor.
Editor’s Review of Days of Being Wild – Score 6/10
Days of Being Wild is a art film with a heavy emphasis on abstraction and existentialism of love. If you like hidden and implied meanings, self centred and selfish characters and surrealism, then this movie is for you. If on the other hand you like a story that makes sense, a little action, comedy or romance and a movie that is not grim, dark and self destructive, this movie is not for you. The cast are brilliant and act well in the movie and the cinematography is good but plot holes such as a rich mother giving away a child for a small about of money, a character that spends the night on a train talking after being shot twice and a final scene that makes absolutely no sense really detract from the pleasure of watching this movie.