Milez Das’s review published on Letterboxd:
The tick of the clock, the minute of friendship, the day, the time, the waves, each has a part of themselves in it. Walking down the lonely road trying to forget about the person you have fallen for. Imagining to forget the next time you wake up...
York is a playboy, making girls fall in love with him and finally letting them go. As he breaks his relationship with Li-zhen, we see her trying to find some solace which she finds in a policeman named Tide. But what is more interesting here between Tide and Li is that it almost feels like a hint on how Li - Zhen's romance are either disrupted or never go the next step.
Days of Being Wild shows a hollow part of relationship between these characters. It shows even on the death bed who will he remember? There is physical part, but that is never enough in a relationship and it has shown. You got to have the emotional part of you to show. You can't be an asshole for your whole life, leaving girls or making them fall in love.
As we see in two parts from the girls, while Li- zhen finds some part to forget and mend but for Lulu, she begins to self destruct. But for York, he has issues for not being as close with his mother.
There is a fresh green color that makes you feel like a part of nature. The close ups, the shallowness, the sadness that feels through towards the end.
Christopher Doyle beautifully sets up each frame, from the doors, to the stairs even the telephones. Each part is essential here. The score that plays along the lines.
Su Lizhen: I always thought one minute flies by. But sometimes it really lingers on. Once, a person pointed at his watch and said to me, that because of that minute, he'd always remember me. It was so charming listening to that. But now I look at my watch and tell myself that I have to forget this man starting this very minute
Wong Kar-wai again does what he does best. Showing a reality of relationships that go through over time. How each persons copes with that and how each person loves. He strongly points out that only physical part of relationship is not important, it always has to go through everything and you can't run away from it. Also, he loves to play with Maggie Cheung's characters. I mean each time she gets close to someone, something happens or nothing. But she is so beautiful, I mean if Wong Kar-wai made a movie with just Maggie walking through the city or even the room for 90 minutes, I will still give the movie a full score.
Days of Being Wild starts the engine for a perfect trilogy. It is about the shallowness of a person, solace of person and destruction of a person. All in all we all are part of that wild nature that surrounds us.