Streaming Release!

As Tears Go By


Part of the retrospective series WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI, featuring brand-new 4K restorations of seven of the celebrated filmmaker’s early gems, courtesy of Janus Films! Individual film rentals are $12, and an all-series pass is available for $70 or just $60 for Loft Cinema members. If you’re a Loft member enter the code MEMBERWKW when purchasing the collection to receive the discount.

The Loft Cinema will be splitting the revenue with the film’s distributor 50/50. You can watch As Tears Go By for 48 hours after your purchase. The film may be watched on your mobile device, computer, and other streaming devices. Click here for FAQs on streaming the film.

 “Rich and kinetic … As Tears Go By announced the presence of a genuine Hong Kong new wave – as well as an ambitious cineaste.” – J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Wong Kar Wai’s scintillating debut feature is a kinetic, hyper-cool crime thriller graced with flashes of the impressionistic, daydream visual style for which he would become renowned. Set amidst Hong Kong’s ruthless, neon-lit gangland underworld, this operatic saga of ambition, honor, and revenge stars Andy Lau as a small-time mob enforcer who finds himself torn between a burgeoning romance with his ailing cousin (Maggie Cheung, in the first of her iconic collaborations with the director) and his loyalty to his loose cannon partner in crime (Jacky Cheung) whose reckless attempts to make a name for himself unleash a spiral of violence. Marrying the pulp pleasures of the gritty Hong Kong action drama with hints of the head-rush romanticism Wong would push to intoxicating heights throughout the 1990s, As Tears Go By was a box office smash that heralded the arrival of one of contemporary cinema’s most electrifying talents. (Dir. by Wong Kar Wai, 1988, Hong Kong, in Cantonese with English subtitles, 102 mins., Not Rated)