As Tears Go By by Wong Kar-wai (Hong Kong, 1988, 102 min.). Balancing experimentation and realism with brazen romanticism, As Tears Go By heralded one of the most auspicious directorial debuts in international cinema. Wah (Andy Lau), a rising star in the Hong Kong underworld, engages in a loyalty tug-of-war between Triad bosses and his unreliable partner. As an escalating test of wills with a stubborn debtor explodes into bloodshed and a ruthless police crackdown, Wah’s growing fascination with the beautiful Ngor (Maggie Cheung) becomes his last chance for an escape from a violent past.