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Wong Kar Wai

 
 
 
 
Other names : 王家衛
Wong Ga Wai
Wong Ka Wai
 
Birthdate : 1/1/1958
Nationality : China
Workplace : Hong Kong
Activities : Director (19), Assistant Director (1), Producer (8), Executive producer (7), Writer (28), Actor (5), Original Story (1), Planning (1)

Biography

Wong Kar Wai was born in Shanghai in 1958 and moved to Hong Kong at 5. He graduated from the local Polytechnic School (in graphic design) in 1980. Fond of cinema since his youth, Wong Kar Wai joined the Production Training Course of TVB (HK TV channel). This good experience permitted him to become production assistant in 1981 on series such as Don't Look Now, a popular soap-opera at the time. In 1982, Wong Kar Wai left TVB and became scriptwriter.

His most memorable scripts between 1982 and 1987 were for Once upon has Rainbow (82), Chase a Fortune (85) and above all Patrick Tam's film The Final Victory (87) with Tsui Hark and Eric Tsang. Patrick Tam helped Wong Kar Wai out and in 1988 to make As Tears Go By, with Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau and Jacky Cheung. Thanks to the success of the film, Wong Kar Wai made in 1990 Days Of Being Wild with some of the most acclaimed actors from Hong Kong. Acclaimed by critics, the film won five HK Film Awards, but wasn't as well received by the audience and made a poor score at the box office. In 1992, Wong Kar Wai worked in China on Ashes Of Time for nearly two years. Fed up by the lengthy production of the movie, he made his masterpiece Chungking Express during the post production of Ashes Of Time. Chungking Express was shot in three weeks and with hand-held camera, thus providing a thrilling and unique view of Hong Kong hectic live. This film gave him recognition all over the world and especially in Europe and the USA. The original third part of Chungking Express became another movie, Fallen Angels, an urban poem, pushing all the cinematic tricks displayed in Chungking Express to the extreme (a very wide angle used to shot in tiny area).

The next film, Happy Together was made almost entirely in Argentina (Buenos Aires, Patagonia and Mendoza), with some sequences in Taipei and Hong Kong. The story of two gay men searching for lost love won Wong Kar Wai the Best director Award at the1998 Cannes film festival.
The strange and witty side of Wong Kar Wai remains however his friendship with director Jeff Lau. Their work together is a great departure from Wong Kar Wai auteur films. They made together the non-sensical comedy Eagle Shooting Heroes, but also Legendary, la Rose Noire, Saviour of the Soul, Haunted Cop Shop, and the 2002 Chinese New Year comedy Chinese Odyssey 2002.

Thomas Podvin (Aug 2003)
 
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Filmography
 [ 2010 - 2000 - 1990 - 1980 ] 
 Alternate lists by alpha / genre / year
 
Title    ( HK -  All )  Year Activity
 
 Grandmaster, The 2012 Director, Producer, Writer
 Ashes Of Time Redux 2008 Director, Producer, Writer
 Miao Miao 2008 Executive producer
 Chacun son cinéma 2007 Director
 Hongkong Cinema: In The Mood For Doyle 2007 Actor
 My Blueberry Nights 2007 Director, Producer, Writer
 There's Only One Sun (Philips advertising spot) 2007 Director, Writer
 2046 2004 Director, Producer, Writer
 Eros 2004 Director, Writer
 Chinese Odyssey 2002 2002 Producer
 Dans la ville (Orange advertising spot) 2002 Director
 La Rencontre (Lacoste advertising spot) 2002 Director
 Six Days (MTV) 2002 Director
 Hire : Follow, The 2001 Director
 In The Mood For Love 2000 Director, Producer, Writer
 Buenos Aires Zero Degree : The Making Of Happy Together 1999 Actor
 Motorola (advertising spot) 1998 Director
 First Love : The Litter On The Breeze 1997 Producer
 Happy Together 1997 Director, Executive producer, Writer
 Fallen Angels 1995 Director, Executive producer, Writer
 Ashes Of Time 1994 Director, Writer
 Chungking Express 1994 Director, Executive producer, Writer
 Eagle Shooting Heroes, The 1993 Producer, Writer
 Days Of Being Wild 1991 Director, Writer
 Saviour Of The Soul 1991 Original Story
 Return Engagement 1990 Writer
 As Tears Go By 1988 Director, Writer
 Chaos By Design 1988 Actor
 Haunted Cop Shop 2, The 1988 Executive producer, Actor
 Walk On Fire 1988 Writer
 Final Victory, The 1987 Writer
 Flaming Brothers 1987 Executive producer, Writer
 Haunted Cop Shop, The 1987 Executive producer, Writer
 Goodbye My Love 1986 Writer
 Rosa 1986 Writer
 Sweet Surrender 1986 Writer
 Chase A Fortune 1985 Writer
 Intellectual Trio, The 1985 Writer
 Unforgettable Fantasy 1985 Writer, Planning
 Challenge Of Chasing Girls 1984 Assistant Director
 Silent Romance 1984 Writer, Actor
 Just For Fun 1983 Writer
 Once Upon A Rainbow 1982 Writer
 

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There's Only One Sun (Philips advertising spot) (1)
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