October 5, 2008 |
When THE Asian financial crisis hit Hong Kong a decade ago, the lab where director Wong Kar Wai stored his prints went into bankruptcy. On extremely short notice, Wong had to retrieve all his materials in just one evening. Much to his chagrin, Wong discovered that the lab hadn't been storing his prints in ideal conditions. His first independent production, the 1994 martial-arts epic "Ashes of Time," was in dire straits.
June 29, 2008 |
PRETTY BUT slight, "My Blueberry Nights," the first English-language film by the revered Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai, will seem both familiar and disappointing to many of his fans. This languid road movie, out on DVD Tuesday from Genius/Weinstein Co., recaps all the themes this filmmaker has long nurtured -- loss, longing, memory, regret -- but for the first time in his career, they seem less like obsessions than ingredients in a formula.
April 6, 2008 |
WITH his ever-present sunglasses and cultivated mystique, Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai has become one of the most distinct brand names on the international cinema circuit.
April 4, 2008 |
The road to romantic recovery is meandering, far-flung and thousands of miles long in "My Blueberry Nights," Wong Kar Wai's first English-language film. Norah Jones, in her bland screen debut, plays a brokenhearted New Yorker named Elizabeth who sets out on a road trip across America after a bad breakup, presumably in search of oblivion or at the very least a change of scenery.
August 21, 2005
RE "A Slow Hand" [Aug. 14]: This piece brings to mind the lack of history background most blockbusters have come to entertain. What can possibly lack character richness and development in telling history the way it was? Although history can never be stagnant, the possibility of offering another point of view, one with an "outsider's" eye, should be interesting. Films such as "Alexander" and "K-19: The Widowmaker" take a slice of history and mold it around "bigger than life" situations only to climax at a flat line -- the same good guy always wins and justice/heroism/morality prevails.
August 7, 2005 |
Some five years in the making, "2046" is one of the year's most highly anticipated films in cineaste circles. Hong Kong filmmaker and art house hero Wong Kar-Wai has revived the lead character from his previous film, "In the Mood for Love," to continue the romantic misadventures of aspiring writer Chow Mo-Wan, played with dash and daring by Tony Leung.