Wong Kar Wai Notes - Wong Kar-Wai Notes 1. Wong is known...

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Wong Kar-Wai Notes 1. Wong is known internationally as a writer, producer (Jet Tone) and director. Presenting a new and experimental aesthetic, he is identified with the Second Wave of Hong Kong filmmakers and as a post-modern auteur. 2. Wong is a “visual poet of longing.”-Lisa Stokes 3. Wong has a keen eye for colors, textures, and tones, creating distinctly atmospheric films. 4. Wong’s films have been labeled locally and internationally as “art-house,” “avant garde,” “and even “experimental.” 5. Wong is notorious for being demanding of his actors, shooting numerous takes and exhausting the actor until he/she correctly emotes. “I have to get them [actors] to leave themselves in order to prepare them…I have to exhaust them… [To] rid of the acting clichés that comes out in their other [commercial] films.” 6. Other than “As Tears Go By” and “Chungking Express,” Wong has never been commercially successful in Hong Kong. However, ironically enough, he is widely admired in Japan. 7. “Ashes” took 10 months to shoot over an extended two year period and cost over HK$ 40 million (US$ 5 million) to create. 8. Cinematographer Doyle describes the “complicitous” relationship between himself, Wong and William Chang as the ‘Holy Trinity.’ 9. Doyle states that the shots are about “atmosphere and metaphor…the only establishment is a mood…clues to an ambient world we want to suggest but not explain.” 10. Wong, notorious for working without a script states that “from the place, I can tell what kind of person will be in that place and what they will do and what is their relationship, and the film takes shape. Normally, I won’t start from a story.” 11. Wong’s Mise en Scenes are meticulously composed. 12. Wong’s subjective and melancholic films have been called “(E) motion pictures.” 13. Wong is noted for his use of textures, landscapes and colors to denote emotional states and never more so than in “Ashes of Time,” in an endless, eternal desert, representing a great void. 14. A common trademark in all of Wong’s films is the voice-over. 15. “Ashes of Time” features quiet, meditative scenes juxtaposed against scenes of violent brutality and conflict.
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16. “Ashes” also features many of Wong’s signature concerns of separation, time, longing, memory and missed chances. 17. In regards to “Chungking Express,” Stuart Cohn writes that Wong “portrays a city that… is bursting with signs and messages selling an oppressive array of consumer products.” 18. Wong states that our “world is going to be a chain store.” 19. In “Chungking” characters are largely alienated, especially in the first half of the film with the unnamed drug smuggler and the numbered cops. 20. In the first half, the characters that do meet, simply meet in happenstance, in random
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This note was uploaded on 08/13/2011 for the course ENG 2103 taught by Professor Lisastokes during the Spring '09 term at Seminole State College.

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