Wong Kar-wai has been relatively quiet since his last feature film, The Grandmaster, was released in 2013. But the renowned Hong Kong director has been ramping things up recently, preparing a new TV series, producing the Thai Sundance film One for the Road, and shooting a Lunar New Year commercial for Mercedes Benz. Or “curating” a commercial, as the text claims onscreen, though the short film has all the hallmarks of a Wong film. Watch short below.
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Back in 2015, Wong Kar-wai began development on the feature film Blossoms, based on the short stories by Jin Yucheng, intended to be his follow-up to his 2013 film The Grandmaster. But as the years passed, and Wong flirted with heading over to television with the now-dead Amazon series Tong Wars, Blossoms has bloomed into Blossoms Shanghai, a TV drama project that is set to be Wong’s television debut.
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Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love, and the rest of Wong Kar-wai‘s acclaimed filmography is poised to receive the 4K restoration treatment by next year. The Hong Kong film director confirmed the restorations recently, indicating that new releases from Criterion are on the way. This is great news for fans of Wong’s work – especially sinceChungking Express has been out of print for a few years. More on the Wong Kar-wai 4K restorations below.
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Wong Kar-Wai has made an indelible mark on the cinema, helming foreign film classics like In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express. But even for a well-regarded director like Wong, the grass is starting to look a little greener on the TV side. And not only TV, but TV streaming.
That’s right, Wong Kar-Wai is the next auteur director to strike a deal with Amazon for a historical crime drama series called The Tong Wars, following filmmakers like Woody Allen, Barry Jenkins, and others who have made the leap from film to streaming.
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After Moonlight won Best Picture at the Academy Awards in the most spectacularly crazy fashion last weekend, hopefully more viewers are heading to theaters to seek it out. The film from director Barry Jenkins is truly a masterpiece, telling a story that is relevant, timely, powerful and moving. And when you pay closer attention, you’ll see that the film takes clear influence from the work of master filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai.
A new video essay takes footage from Moonlight and puts it alongside the visuals of Wong Kar-Wai’s films such as Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love and Happy Together, which all seem to inform some of the decisions that were made behind the camera in order to tell the story of this young boy discovering and embracing who he is. Watch the Moonlight and Wong Kar-Wai visual comparison after the jump. Read More »
Wong Kar-Wai was going to make The Ferryman as the follow-up to his movie The Grandmaster, but things changed, and now he’ll direct something else. While Wong remains attached to The Ferryman as a producer, he’ll put his real energy behind a film called Blossoms. Just as The Ferryman will be an adaptation of a short story, Blossoms is an adaptation of short stories by Jin Yucheng, set in Shanghai. Read More »
There is now a fourth version of Wong Kar Wai‘s most recent film, The Grandmaster. Originally released in 2013 in a 130-minute Chinese version, then a 122-minute “international” version, and finally in a streamlined and substantially-different 108-minute US version, the film has been converted to 3D for re-release in China. This new 3D cut is based mostly on the US version — so it loses entirely some characters from the longer cuts — but also features some new footage. See what you can spot in the Grandmaster 3D trailer (actually, trailers) below. Read More »
Multiple cuts of Wong Kar-Wai‘s latest film, The Grandmaster, already exist. Primarily, there’s the long Chinese cut and the shorter US version, the latter of which excises some characters completely and focuses the story in a slightly different manner. Now there’ll be a new version. Wong is prepping a 3D version of The Grandmaster for Chinese release. The 3D conversion isn’t the only different in this one, however, as it is also reported to have previously unseen footage. Read More »
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It was only last week that we heard Wong Kar-wai is now beginning work on his follow-up to The Grandmaster. Now we have more details on the project. The film is said to be a romance, and as it turns out, it will be based on a Zhang Jiajia short story called Ferryman. The story is one of a set originally published by Zhang on the tremendously popular service Chinese blogging Weibo, and later collected in the book I Belonged to You. Read More »
We waited so long for Wong Kar-Wai‘s The Grandmaster that it’s easy to stick in the mode of thinking he’s still working on The Grandmaster. But that film has been done and out for a year and a half. We’re all free to look forward to whatever the next project from the director may be. We don’t know much about Wong’s next film, but at this point there’s a report that he is, indeed, working on something new. Read More »