Let’s Talk About Asian Cinema and Wong Kar Wai

I have a degree in photography, naturally, I’m drawn to color and light in a much different way than other people. This is why I enjoy the films of Wong Kar Wai. (I also like the work of Takashi Miike and John Woo, but let’s save that for another day).

Barry Jenkins-the director of Moonlight, saw this as well. He said that the way color is used in Wai’s films is very influential. I agree.

What I’ve done is post two videos. The first is Barry Jenkins talking about the effect and influence of Wong Kar Wai’s films on Moonlight.

The second video is the slow motion and beautiful color of Wai’s movies.

Now, why is a writer writing about movies?

Movies are influential. Wong Kar Wai’s 2046 jumps across several timelines and is filmed so beautifully that you can’t help to NOT be inspired by it. I’m not going to offer up summaries of his movies, but I will say that if you haven’t seen them, you should.

There is also a sense of longing in his films. It’s like everyone wants something…they yearn for something that is just out of grasp and they can get it, if they want. If they do, there will be a great consequence for it.

Moonlight movie influence-Wong Kar Wai

The Slow Motion of Wong Kar Wai

Lastly, the obvious visual influence of Wong’s movies over Moonlight.

Influences Wong vs Barry

Powerful stuff.

The films of Wong Kar Wai ( my faves)

Chungking Express (1994)

In The Mood For Love (2000)

Happy Together (1997)

2046 (2004)

Eros (2004) *he did one of three films. His was called “The Hand” and it about a tailor attracted to a high end prostitute. Once again, subtle and beautifully filmed-it’s a must see.

Fallen Angels (1995)

Days of Being Wild (1990)

These aren’t all his movies, just the ones I like. Hopefully, you’ll watch and be influenced as well.


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