Memorable Times

11Mar14

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“What is remembered defines your life.”

My fascination with Wong Kar-Wai’s film became more intense after watching his 1990 film ‘Days of Being Wild’. The main character, Yuddy(Leslie Chung) is not exactly a model citizen. He seduces women, doesn’t mind using forces on other guys, then doesn’t really care whatever happens to himself. Apparently his only concern is to pursue what’s on his mind.

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Why was I so fascinated by this film? Let’s start with the most memorable tune from the film.

Los Indios Tabajaras – one of the best romantic guitar players in the world.

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As I listen to ‘Maria Elena’, I am dressed in white suits, and I am old and grey, and I am remembering good old times.

“Yes, I had good time, no, great time !”

“My life wasn’t that easy. I had hardships. I didn’t have good job. I didn’t have my close family around me. And somehow I survived. I kept believing myself, and just kept going forward. ”

I think Yuddy exemplifies a person with a heart set on something important to him. Yuddy wasn’t perfect. But he is the one who went for what he really wanted.

“I’ve heard that there’s a kind of bird without legs that can only fly and fly, and sleep in the wind when it is tired. The bird only lands once in its life…that’s when it dies.” (Yuddy in ‘Days of being Wild’)

The bird keeps flying, and does not want to stop flying or land. Because that’s when the bird expires.

” Somehow everything comes with an expiry date. Swordfish expires. Meat sauce expires. Even cling-film expires. Is there anything in the world which doesn’t?” (Cop 223 in ‘ChungKing Express’)

Yuddy: I’ve heard that there’s a kind of bird without legs that can only fly and fly, and sleep in the wind when it is tired. The bird only lands once in its life… that’s when it dies. – Days of Being Wild
Read more at http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2012/top-20-classic-wong-karwai-movie-quotes/#Q4BzYZ2dZR3CvY9D.99
Yuddy: I’ve heard that there’s a kind of bird without legs that can only fly and fly, and sleep in the wind when it is tired. The bird only lands once in its life… that’s when it dies. – Days of Being Wild
Read more at http://www.tasteofcinema.com/2012/top-20-classic-wong-karwai-movie-quotes/#Q4BzYZ2dZR3CvY9D.99

The more I think about my life, the more precious it becomes. Because it will be gone. I don’t want to waste a minute of it.

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“Shall I stay, would it be a sin. If I can‘t help falling in love with you.” (Elvis Presley)

“Those were good times that we spent together…and I will remember” (A woman whom I briefly loved long ago; one who married into money; yes I remember her name. )

So what does this film or the theme has to do with salsa?

Not really. No particular relation. But there’s a nice cha cha dancing by Leslie Chung at 6 min (below).

Cha cha dance (and music) was such a gloriously popular genre in the early 60’s. Cha cha dancing that we do in salsa clubs just does not bring out the glorious days of cha cha music and dancing.

So here we go! Make life memorable…..

Live, Love Salsa !

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