Wong Kar-Wai: Shades of Melancholy


Wong Kar-Wai is a director that often seems to be more legend than man. He hides his eyes behind dark sunglasses. He writes his scenes on the day of their filming, which usually leads to multi-year shooting schedules.


His films tell romantic stories of unrequited love, but look alternately like paintings by Edward Hopper and Jackson Pollock. Hong Kong’s best and most beautiful stars clamor for a change to appear in one of his films, but are then frustrated by the protracted shoots.


The critics adore him, but audiences are often perplexed by his ambiguous plot lines. There definitely is a lot of myth-making when it comes to Wong Kar-Wai, but is there anything more behind the legend?

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