Sunday November 18, DB here: In the meantime, our final entry on the FilmStruck platform is going live on Monday, 19 November. The Criterion series allows me to illustrate more concretely how Duvivier and his colleagues tell the story of a woman captured by passion and moving into old age almost but not completely disillusioned. A special favorite of mine is his cross-border comedy about switchboard romances, Allo Berlin?
Chungking Express showed another side of Hong Kong and East Asian cinema in a time when Kung Fu and other action flicks dominated the Western perception of that world. Rather than harsh machismo and what might often have been wholesale melodrama, this character drama exploited genre figures cops and criminals, their occupations largely beside the point in a manner examining real life quandaries and everyday circumstances.
Therein exists a proximity of our cinematic fantasies in relation to our real life desires. Her actions wrangle her daydreams into being. But this awareness only peaks around the corners. Chungking Express is more to the point a fast, fluttering romance of lonely hearts.
That classic theme, loneliness, is depicted in the movie via materialism and urban anonymity.
Just look at the expanding number of Hollywood studio films catering to Chinese multiplexes and overall growing import of foreign box office for examples within the movie industry itself.
Its packaged 90s cool would go on to define or influence a style of ads, music videos, and burgeoning filmmakers the world over. So much so its origins are lost on many of its imitators and their connoisseurs.
Further, the director soon later felt compelled to change his visual approach moving forward and into the new millennium. More simply, Chungking Express vivified the world to a rare auteur in Wong Kar-wai whose works are possessed of their own singular identity.
And along with every great motion picture, isolating a singular moment is not easy. Chungking Express is no less tempting in this regard. The scene is sexy, playful, cool, and in context, a tinge wistful: My Favorite Dialogue In the Movie: Even love falls short of everlasting.
The turnstile of characters speak and narrate with heart-on-their-sleeves sincerity. The screenplay might be the last thing anyone mentions about Chungking Express. This is likely because it was written somewhat on the go.
The crew made this movie while taking a break from their grueling production on Ashes of Time. Chungking Express was an independent effort pressed for time.
It was all a collaborative amalgam, incorporating even biographical aspects of many involved. Most important in that? Having a strong, clear voice. As seen throughout his filmography, Wong Kar-wai is preoccupied with memory and time. A compulsive reader of novels, his films have a noticeably literary bent.
I think these help explain one another. The director also implements narration in each of his works. Thoughtful use of space can inform character dynamics and perspectives.
How do the surroundings and their minutiae color characters and mood? Think of every scene as a mini-movie and consider every dramatic variable. More texture gives you more possibilities. We already have a set of 80s Movies. This month we cover 90s movies.
So thanks to all of you for your participation in this project, creating a resource for writers, movies they should watch to help learn the craft of screenwriting!"No one can see every release during the entire calendar year - so we hope our lists can introduce and expose some of the many lauded DVDs and Blu-rays that surfaced during Chungking Express, Directed by Wong Kar Wai.
Starring Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro and Brigette Lin. SYNOPSIS: Two stories reveal the love lives of . Wong Kar-Wai's 10 years-in-the-making of the so-called Ip Man biopic is exquisitely photographed and blessed with some dazzling fight choreography, but THE GRANDMASTER is mostly a scattershot mess of unfocused direction.
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.
Directed by Kar-Wai Wong. With Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, Leslie Cheung, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung. A broken-hearted hit man moves to the desert where he finds skilled swordsmen to . Wong Kar-wai Biography Chungking Express Questions and Answers The Question and Answer section for Chungking Express is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.