Cinema East Film: 'Days of Being Wild'



Pickford Film Center
Still image from ‘Days of Being Wild,’ with a woman in a slip dress seated in a chair and looking straight ahead. In front of her is a man’s profile. He is looking down and the lighting over his face is shadowy.

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The new season of the Cinema East film series at Pickford Film Center (1318 Bay Street) begins with Wong Kar-wai’s feature, Days of Being Wild, which screens on Tuesday, November 14, 2023, at 7:45 p.m.  

Days of Being Wild was the second feature directed by Wong Kar-wai. Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, and Jacky Cheung star in this film and appeared in Wong’s debut movie, As Tears Go By.  In Days of Being Wild, they are joined by Leslie Cheung, Carina Lau, Rebecca Pan, and Tony Leung. 

Days of Being Wild tells a story of tells a story of young people in search of their identities, of missed connections, and of nostalgia for the Hong Kong of the early 1960s. This was also the first of Wong's films to be set in this time period, a setting he returns to in In the Mood for Love and 2046, which Cinema East will present as a double feature in December. 

According to the description for Days of Being Wild on the Pickford’s website, “The director’s inaugural collaboration with both cinematographer Christopher Doyle, who lends the film its gorgeously gauzy, hallucinatory texture, and actor Tony Leung, who appears briefly in a tantalizing teaser for a never-realized sequel, Days of Being Wild is an exhilarating first expression of Wong’s trademark themes of time, longing, dislocation, and the restless search for human connection.”

The Cinema East film series is co-presented by Western Libraries and Pickford Film Center, with film selections curated by WWU librarian Jeff Purdue. Films are often accompanied by introductions from educators and experts, and this particular film event is also co-sponsored by Western Washington University’s Institute for Global Engagement in honor of International Education Week.

For more information about the Cinema East series, please see the PFC website, or contact Jeff Purdue at:, (360)-650-7750. All PFC theaters are ADA accessible with wheelchair seating, and closed captioning and assistive listening devices are available at the box office. For questions about or to request disability accommodation, please contact Meghan Schilling,