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WKW : the cinema of Wong Kar Wai / Wong Kar Wai, John Powers.

By: Wong, Kar-wai, 1958-.
Contributor(s): Powers, John, 1951- [author,, interviewer.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : Rizzoli, 2016Copyright date: ©2016Description: 303 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 32 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 0847846172; 9780847846177.Other title: Cinema of Wong Kar Wai.Subject(s): Wong, Kar-wai, 1958- | Motion picture producers and directors -- China -- Hong Kong -- InterviewsGenre/Form: Interviews. | Illustrated works.DDC classification: 791.4302/33092 Summary: The long-awaited retrospective from the internationally renowned film director celebrated for his visually lush and atmospheric films. Wong Kar Wai is known for his romantic and stylish films that explore--in saturated, cinematic scenes--themes of love, longing, and the burden of memory. His style reveals a fascination with mood and texture, and a sense of place figures prominently. In this volume, the first on his entire body of work, Wong Kar Wai and writer John Powers explore Wong's complete oeuvre in the locations of some of his most famous scenes. The book is structured as six conversations between Powers and Wong (each in a different locale), including the restaurant where he shot In the Mood for Love and the snack bar where he shot Chungking Express. Discussing each of Wong's eleven films--from As Tears Go By and Days of Being Wild to 2046 and The Grandmaster --the conversations also explore Wong's trademark themes of time, nostalgia, and beauty, and their roots in his personal life. The first book by Wong Kar Wai, and the first comprehensive look at his oeuvre, this stunning, lavishly illustrated volume is as evocative as walking into one of Wong's lush films.
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Wong is considered part of the 1980s Second New Wave of Hong Kong filmmakers who take inspiration from the directors of the French New Wave. WKW is known for his elliptically plotted pieces that explore--in lush, cinematic scenes--themes of love, longing, isolation and the burden of memory with melancholy, often misfit characters. His style reveals a fascination with mood and texture over a more straightforward narrative approach; his films feature slow motion action scenes, distorted close-ups, and fight sequences shot from several disoriented angles. A sense of place figures prominently in his films; each has an urban backdrop, with myriad cultural influences, that assumes the importance of a character. He is also known for working many of the same actors film after film, such as the beautiful and glamorous Maggie Cheung, who he has helped make famous.

In this book Wong Kar Wai and writer John Power explore WKW's oeuvre in the context of the location. After an opening critical and personal essay by Powers, the book is structured as 5 nights in 4 places--4 different areas of Hong Kong, which is where WKW has always lived and worked. The 5 nights will each include a conversation between Powers and WKW. The first night will be about Hong Kong, WKW's life, and his first two films, 'As Tears Go By' and 'Days of Being Wild'; the next night will be 'Chunking Express' and 'Fallen Angels'; the next night will be 'Ashes of Time' and ' The Grandmaster'; then 'In the Mood for Love' and '2046'; and finally ' My Blueberry Nights' and WKW's commercial work. Along the way, the texts will explore larger themes on questions of beauty and making films in China.

The long-awaited retrospective from the internationally renowned film director celebrated for his visually lush and atmospheric films. Wong Kar Wai is known for his romantic and stylish films that explore--in saturated, cinematic scenes--themes of love, longing, and the burden of memory. His style reveals a fascination with mood and texture, and a sense of place figures prominently. In this volume, the first on his entire body of work, Wong Kar Wai and writer John Powers explore Wong's complete oeuvre in the locations of some of his most famous scenes. The book is structured as six conversations between Powers and Wong (each in a different locale), including the restaurant where he shot In the Mood for Love and the snack bar where he shot Chungking Express. Discussing each of Wong's eleven films--from As Tears Go By and Days of Being Wild to 2046 and The Grandmaster --the conversations also explore Wong's trademark themes of time, nostalgia, and beauty, and their roots in his personal life. The first book by Wong Kar Wai, and the first comprehensive look at his oeuvre, this stunning, lavishly illustrated volume is as evocative as walking into one of Wong's lush films.