"My films are developed from characters, and that allows for more possibilities."
Fans and critics alike perceive Wong
Kar-wai (b. 1958) as an enigma. His
dark glasses, his nonlinear narrations,
and his high expectations for actors
all contribute to an assumption that
he only makes art for a few high-brow
critics. However Wong's interviews
show this Hong Kong auteur is candid
about the art of filmmaking, even surprising
his interlocutors by suggesting
his films are commercial and made for a popular audience.
Wong's achievements nevertheless feel like arthouse cinema.
His third film, Chungking Express, introduced him to a global audience
captivated by the quick and quirky editing style. His Cannes
award-winning films Happy Together and In the Mood for Love
confirmed an audience beyond the greater Chinese market. His
latest film, The Grandmaster, depicts the life of a kung fu master by
breaking away from the martial arts genre. In each of these films,
Wong Kar-wai's signature style—experimental, emotive, character-
driven, and timeless—remains apparent throughout.
This volume includes interviews that appear in English for the
first time, including some that appeared in Hong Kong magazines
now out of print. The interviews cover every feature film from
Wong's debut As Tears Go By to his 2013 The Grandmaster.
Silver Wai-ming Lee, Hong Kong, China, is a student in cultural
studies at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is a film critic
and researcher of the cinema of Hong Kong, China, and Taiwan.
Micky Lee, Somerville, Massachusetts, is associate professor of
media studies at Suffolk University, Boston. A Hong Kong native,
she is author of Free Information? The Case against Google and
coauthor of Understanding the Business of Global Media in the
208 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, introduction, chronology, filmography, index