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Wong Kar-wai

Wong Kar-wai

Peter Brunette
Copyright Date: 2005
Pages: 176
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    Wong Kar-wai
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    Wong Kar-Wai traces this immensely exciting director's perennial themes of time, love, and loss, and examines the political implications of his films, especially concerning the handover of former British colony Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. This book is the first in any language to cover all of Wong's work, from his first film, As Tears Go By, to his most recent, the still unreleased 2046. It also includes his best-known, highly honored films, Chungking Express, Happy Together, and above all, In the Mood for Love. Most importantly, Peter Brunette describes the ways in which Wong's supremely visual films attempt to create a new form of cinema by relying on stunning, suggestive visual images and audio tracks to tell their story, rather than on traditional notions of character, dialogue, and plot. The question of Wong Kar-wai's use of genre film techniques in art films is also explored in depth.

    eISBN: 978-0-252-09547-4
    Subjects: Film Studies

Table of Contents

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-viii)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. ix-ix)
  3. Photo Credits
    (pp. x-xii)
  4. Preface
    (pp. xiii-xx)
  5. Tears, Time, and Love: The Films of Wong Kar-wai
    (pp. 1-112)

    In 1988, when Wong Kar-wai directed his first film,As Tears Go By, he had already been working in the Hong Kong film industry for a number of years, principally as a scriptwriter. The project was initially given to Wong as a star vehicle for Andy Lau, a popular singer at the time (Carbon 36), initiating a pattern that has continued throughout the director’s career. In an interview with the French journalPositif, whose critics were early supporters of Wong’s films, the director explained thatAs Tears Go Bywas originally intended to be the second film in a trilogy:...

    (pp. 113-134)

    The following interview was conducted by the author at the Toronto International Film Festival in September 1995, following the screening of Wong Kar-wai’s fifth film,Fallen Angels. It is published here for the first time. SinceFallen Angelswas the first Wong film I had ever seen, the interview doesn’t go very deeply into his work. Nevertheless, some of the information the director provided at the time still seems worthy of being more widely disseminated.

    peter brunette: I told a friend of mine today that “I have seen the future of cinema, and it’sFallen Angels.” I’m really quite serious...

  7. Filmography
    (pp. 135-142)
  8. Bibliography
    (pp. 143-146)
  9. Index
    (pp. 147-150)
  10. Back Matter
    (pp. 151-154)