Happy Together is 1997 film following two men in an on-again off-again relationship as they journey to Argentina, only to find themselves drifting further apart. The film, a masterpiece in LGBTQ cinema, beautifully depicts a difficult relationship between Ho Po-wing (Leslie Cheung) and Lai Yiu-fai (Tony Chiu-Wai Leung), portrayed through heartbreaking writing and mesmerizing directing. As the two become estranged from one another, Yiu-fai finds himself reminiscing on memories with Po-wing that prevent him from letting the man go. Directed by the brilliantly talented Wong Kar-wai, Happy Together is a heartbreaking, raw, and melancholy look at love and the relationships that bind us.
Happy Together pulls the audience in with a melancholic first 20 minutes in black and white, setting the scene for the rest of the movie. The audience is instantly introduced to Po-wing and Yiu-fai and immediately understands their complex relationship. The two repeatedly break up, only for Po-wing to come to Yiu-fai asking for them to start over again. Yiu-fai, despite often seeming to hate the other man, is compelled by his love for him to fall into this trap over and over again. What follows is a sometimes-romantic tale of loneliness and how difficult it is to forget those who once meant something.
Before his departure, Chang gives Yiu-fai a tape recorder so that he can remember those who are dear to him. In a particularly heart wrenching scene, Yiu-fai brings the tape recorder up to his mouth, but is at a loss for words. Instead, he begins to cry, the weight of his loneliness overwhelming him finally. The depiction of loneliness in Happy Together is brutal but honest. It strikes a chord with the audience, and anyone can easily relate to the isolation surrounding Yiu-fai.
A gay couple takes a trip to Argentina in search of a new beginning, but instead begins drifting even further apart.
Tony Leung Chiu-wai