Wong Kar-wai

ISBN: 0252072375
ISBN 13: 9780252072376
By: Peter Brunette Kar-Wai Wong James Naremore

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About this book

Wong Kar-Wai traces this immensely exciting director's perennial themes of time, love, and loss, and examines the political implications of his films, especially concerning the handover of former British colony Hong Kong to the People's Republic of China. This book is the first in any language to cover all of Wong's work, from his first film, As Tears Go By, to his most recent, the still unreleased 2046. It also includes his best known, highly honoured films, Chungking Express, Happy Together, and above all, In the Mood for Love. Most importantly, Peter Brunette describes the ways in which Wong's supremely visual films attempt to create a new form of cinema by relying on stunning, suggestive visual images and audio tracks to tell their story, rather than on traditional notions of character, dialogue, and plot. The question of Wong Kar-Wai's use of genre film techniques in art films is also explored in depth. Peter Brunette is the Reynolds Professor of Film Studies at Wake Forest University. He has written books on Roberto Rossellini and Michelangelo Antonioni and is the co-author of Screen/Play: Derrida and Film Theory. He is chief critic for indieWIRE.com and reviews Naremore.

Reader's Thoughts


Eh. Lazy and a bit dull. Teo's survey is more in-depth, accurate and stimulating.


He seleccionado este libro sólo con la excusa de hablar del cineasta chino Wong Kar-wai. Cada fotograma de este director es una obra de arte. Aclaro que hablo de sus últimas películas: deseando amar, 2046 y my blueberry nights, tres historias románticas aderezadas con sinuosos boleros y tangos. Si quieren que les diga la verdad no sé de que van los diálogos, las imágenes son tan cautivadoras, hechizantes, absorbentes, que todos mis sentidos, cuando me sitúo frente a la pantalla, se concentran en el de la vista. Por supuesto las volveré a ver, una y mil veces, y ya les contaré lo que dicen los personajes (aunque quizás no haya mucho, en los discursos de amor ya se sabe...)


Another book on WKW. Lacking the visual flair and panache of Teo's book, but still some great information throughout.

Patrick McCoy

Peter Burnette's book on Wong Kar-wai is a good general study of the career of Wong up to his film 2046 (the book was published in 2005). However, it doesn't feel as comprehensive as Stepehen Teo's study and could be seen a s a companion to that book. However, the most enlightening part of Burnette's study for me was the two long interviews (one from the 1995 Toronto Film Festival and the other from 2001 Cannes Film Festival). Actually, this might be a better book for the nonspecialist interested in the films of Wong Kar-wai since it comes as as less academic and more for the "general" reader.


This book took about 8 pages for me to get into it, but I appreciated the amount of space spent on Fallen Angels & the technical explanation of camera angels. I have a lot of friends in film, but my vocabulary isn't quite up to par so I felt that this book really helped me view the movies from a another vantage point.

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