Deb – ‘The True Story of Faye Wong’

Deb, on June 28th, 2009 said:

The Chinese title of “True Story of Faye Wong” is a play on the same movie title by Wong Kar Wai, starring the late Leslie Cheung. It is was a ground breaking hit for both director and actor.

[6.28.08 comment by Feifan:] Deb, you’re right! I looked it up and came up with a film called A True Story of Ah Fei (A Fei Zheng Chuan), which is also known as Days of Being Wild (阿飛正傳), released on 15 Dec 1990. It was written and directed by Wong Kar Wai and filmed by Christopher Doyle. It starred Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, and Jacky Cheung. This is another film I’m dying to see!

[6.28.08 comment by Feifan:] Found a bunch of Days of Being Wild video clips on YouTube. I like this one (below) best in terms of quality. I believe it’s the opening scene of the film. Notice the tremendous similarities to CKE!

Deb, on July 9th, 2009 said: Great clip, would love to own this movie!

Hands up who thinks Faye woulda been perfect for Maggie’s role???

Hmmmm I have a question – Maggie’s character is called “Soh Lai Tsun”, it sounds VERY familiar… is there another character in a WKW film called that?? maybe in 2046 or In the Mood for Love??

Deb, on July 9th, 2009 said: Yep, just checked up on “In the Mood for Love” by WKW, Maggie’s character was called Soh Lai Tsun (or Su Li Zen in mandarin) in that film as she is in “The True Story of Ah Fay”.

Love that WKW films have links in them, its like watching episodes of their characters throughout their lives – tapestry.

Now I must wonder if Maggie’s characters in both movies are the same woman. In “True story” she is a young innocent girl, then “In the mood” she’s a brooding woman, both looking for love, caught up in scandal.

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3 Responses

  1. Great clip, would love to own this movie!

    Hands up who thinks Faye woulda been perfect for Maggie’s role???

    Hmmmm I have a question – Maggie’s character is called “Soh Lai Tsun”, it sounds VERY familiar… is there another character in a WKW film called that?? maybe in 2046 or In the Mood for Love??

  2. Yep, just checked up on “In the Mood for Love” by WKW, Maggie’s character was called Soh Lai Tsun (or Su Li Zen in mandarin) in that film as she is in “The True Story of Ah Fay”.

    Love that WKW films have links in them, its like watching episodes of their characters throughout their lives – tapestry.

    Now I must wonder if Maggie’s characters in both movies are the same woman. In “True story” she is a young innocent girl, then “In the mood” she’s a brooding woman, both looking for love, caught up in scandal.

  3. My hand’s up! Maggie’s a great actress, but Faye’s different. With Maggie, I always feel as though I’m watching an actress working at her craft. I’m always outside looking in. I get this feeling with a lot of actors. With Faye, the character is somehow real, and I feel drawn into her. One of the reasons Faye always seems to look away from the camera (besides trying to avoid the blinding flash) is that she exposes so much of herself through her eyes. This is also true in her songs and concerts. She is always a real live presence, and this is why her songs and performances are always fresh and memorable. It’s not as though we’re watching a performer going through her routines while remaining detached. I think Faye in that role would have turned great movies into classics. She breathes “life” into films like no other actor around. And WKW, much to his directorial genius, is aware of this.

    Final thought about her “diffference” — just look at any photo in which she’s with others: she just seems to be so much more real than the others.

    Deb thanks for doing all the leg work and providing so much fascinating background info!

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