Cast and Crew: Wong Kar Wai (Writer, Director, Executive Producer)
What It’s About: A hit man (Leon Lai) and his fixer (Michelle Reis) fall in love with each other without ever actually meeting. He crosses paths with Charlie (Charlie Yeung) who is looking for a lost boyfriend, and a strange mute (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who tries to make a living-by simply opening closed businesses and forcing passersby to buy goods and services from him.
Why Watch it Today?: Today is Father’s Day, and this may seem like a strange choice, but Kaneshiro and his father (Man-Lei Chan) have a heartbreaking, rough relationship that will be familiar to anyone who’s had a rocky but strong relationship with their own father.*
Chan dies, and the last time I saw this (having forgotten that fact), as the Ghost of Christmas Past might say: “Waterworks”. This one’s for you Dad.