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Happy Together

Happy Together (春光乍洩) is a 1997 Hong Kong romance film directed by Wong Kar-wai, starring Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai, that depicts a turbulent romance. The English title is inspired by the Turtles' 1967 song, which is covered by Danny Chung on the film's soundtrack; the Chinese title (previously used for Michelangelo Antonioni's Blowup) is an idiomatic expression suggesting "the exposure of something intimate".

Plot

Ho Po-Wing (Leslie Cheung) and Lai Yiu-Fai (Tony Leung Chiu-wai), a couple from Hong Kong, visit Buenos Aires hoping to renew their relationship. The movie begins in Hong Kong with a sex scene between the lovers and their discussion of a lamp with the Iguazu Falls that Ho Po-Wing bought, deciding that they would visit it together. In Buenos Aires, the couple take a road trip to the falls, however, they get lost and their car breaks down, making them get into an argument and break up. Fai's voice-over tells the audience that breakups are typical in their relationship and the rekindling of their romance often reignites when Po-Wing says to Fai "let's start over". Both without enough money to fly back home, Fai ends up as a promoter for a tango bar in Buenos Aires serving mainly groups of women tourists from Taiwan, and Ho Po-Wing begins engaging in sex work, bringing many of his clients to the bar. Ho Po-Wing tries to get back together with Fai but instead they end up arguing about Po-Wing's irresponsible use of their money. Later, Po-Wing returns to apologize and gives Fai a watch to sell which he supposedly stole from one of his clients because he returns the next day after being beat up. Po-Wing asks Fai to return the watch, which he does, but the next day Po-Wing turns up even more badly hurt than the first time, prompting Fai to take Po-Wing to the hospital. Due to the severity of his injuries, Po-Wing is unable to care for himself and he thus moves into Fai's apartment. Fai cooks and cares for Po-Wing as he recovers slowly, but rejects Po-Wing's romantic advances at first. As time passes, they start falling in love again, culminating in them practicing the tango together in their apartment and in the kitchen.