Kar-Wai Wong

Kar-Wai Wong

Highest Rated: 95% Fallen Angels (1995)

Lowest Rated: 34% Eros (2004)

Birthday: Not Available

Birthplace: Not Available

While a product of the fertile Hong Kong filmmaking community of the '90s, writer/director Wong Kar-Wai did not traffic in the over-the-top action blowouts favored by the likes of John Woo and Tsui Hark. Instead, his films took their inspiration from the seminal work of Jean-Luc Godard and the French New Wave, painting idiosyncratic and romantic tales of the young and disenfranchised uniquely representative of the myriad cultural influences which distinguish his native land.Essentially, Wong restructured a sector of the entertainment genre that thrives on action in a way that would allow him to use its traditional themes in order to make art films, proving himself to be a rarity within the genre. Equally unique is Wong's bold style, which thrives on pixilated slow motion action scenes, distorted close-ups, and fight sequences shot from several disoriented angles. Far from being alienated within the film community, Wong has become a favorite among both critics and the Honk Kong acting circuit. Drawn to his fascination with mood and texture over a more straightforward narrative approach, action favorites including Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Kar-Fai, and Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia have enjoyed working with Wong, claiming that it gave them a rare opportunity to play meatier, less conventional roles. Born in Shanghai in 1958, Wong studied graphic design at Hong Kong Polytechnic. Fostering an interest in photography, in particular the work of Robert Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Richard Avedon, Wong enrolled in a TV drama training program sponsored by Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Ltd shortly after his graduation in 1980. After being recognized for his initial work as a production assistant on a number of serials, he quickly progressed to scriptwriting, most notably for the popular soap opera Don't Look Now. After exiting HKTVB's ranks in 1982, Wong became a noted screenwriter, scripting close to a dozen films over the course of the following five years. While working on Patrick Tam's 1986 feature The Final Victory, Wong conceived his directorial debut, the gangster picture As Tears Go By; released two years later, the film was a sensation on the festival circuit, winning raves for its gritty portrayal of the mean streets of Hong Kong. 1991's Days of Being Wild cemented his reputation as a talent to watch, garnering a number of international awards. In 1992, Wong mounted Ashes of Time, an ambitious martial arts epic filmed with an all-star cast. During a break in the picture's lengthy editing process, Wong began working on another project dubbed Chungking Express, writing the screenplay in a Holiday Inn coffee shop by day and shooting each night wherever there was enough light. Debuting in 1994, the quirky romantic thriller emerged as the director's international breakthrough when it was selected by rabid fan Quentin Tarantino as the first product of his Rolling Thunder distribution company, becoming the first of Wong's features to receive proper American release. After resurfacing in 1995 with Fallen Angels, two years later Wong premiered Happy Together at the Cannes Film Festival, going home with the jury's Best Director award. Wong followed its success with the well-regarded In the Mood for Love in 2000.

Highest Rated Movies



83% Jinpa (Zhuang si le yi zhi yang) Producer 2020
78% The First Monday in May Actor 2016
40% See You Tomorrow Producer 2016
78% The Grandmaster Director Screenwriter Producer $6.4M 2013
No Score Yet The Lady from Shanghai Director 2010
78% Ashes of Time Redux Producer Screenwriter Director 2008
No Score Yet There's Only One Sun Director 2007
46% My Blueberry Nights Screenwriter Director Producer $0.8M 2007
86% 2046 Director Screenwriter Producer $1.3M 2005
34% Eros Screenwriter $54.2K 2004
No Score Yet Chinese Odyssey 2002 Producer 2002
No Score Yet The Follow Director 2001
90% In the Mood for Love Producer 2001
79% Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sit) Executive Producer Producer Director Screenwriter 1997
87% Chungking Express Director Executive Producer Screenwriter 1996
95% Fallen Angels Producer Screenwriter Director 1995
No Score Yet Se diu ying hung ji dung sing sai jau (The Eagle Shooting Heroes) Executive Producer Producer 1993
90% Days of Being Wild (A Fei zheng chuan) Director Screenwriter $18.6K 1990
82% As Tears Go By Screenwriter Director 1989
No Score Yet Jiang hu long hu men (Flaming Brothers) (Dragon and Tiger Fight) Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet Final Victory (Zui hou sheng li) Screenwriter 1987
No Score Yet The Intellectual Trio Screenwriter 1985


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