Sunday, January 05, 2014
The Auteurs #28: Wong Kar-Wai
One of the most visually-entrancing filmmakers working today, Wong Kar-Wai is a man who creates films filled with dazzling and exotic images with a sense of romanticism in his characters. Known for his broad ideas as well as unconventional techniques in the realm of filmmaking, he’s an individual that refuses to play by the rules while trying to refine his language and technique. After finally making his return in 2013 with his bio-pic on Ip Man in The Grandmaster, it is clear that there is no filmmaker like Wong Kar-Wai working today who can bring an Asian sensibility to his stories with the cinematic techniques of the French New Wave.
Born in Shanghai, China on July 17, 1958, Wong Kar-Wai spend his early years in Shanghai before moving to Hong Kong when he was five with his mother while his father and two siblings stayed in Shanghai. In Hong Kong, Kar-Wai would spend much of his time with his mother who wound introduce him to many different films ranging from the Hong Kong films of the time to the French New Wave films of the early 1960s. After spending two years studying graphic design at the Hong Kong Polytechnic College in 1980, he enrolled in the Hong Kong Television Broadcast Limited course for production training where he learned the art of screenwriting. Though Kar-Wai would work in the medium of television writing scripts for shows, he would use this period as part of an apprenticeship where he got the attention of renowned Hong Kong producer Alan Tang.
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