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What is Wong Kar-wai's best film?

haven't seen any
1 (5%)
don't like any
0 (0%)
other
0 (0%)
As Tears Go By
0 (0%)
Days of Being Wild
0 (0%)
Chungking Express
6 (30%)
Ashes of Time / Ashes of Time Redux
1 (5%)
Fallen Angels
1 (5%)
Happy Together
1 (5%)
In the Mood for love
7 (35%)
2046
2 (10%)
Eros (segment "The Hand")
0 (0%)
My Blueberry Nights
1 (5%)
The Grandmaster
0 (0%)

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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #40 on: December 30, 2013, 10:43:04 AM »
I watched this last night and had the same reaction. It felt like it was a Shaw Brothers film with higher production values. I didn't hate it but it was certainly underwhelming.
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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #41 on: December 30, 2013, 01:18:18 PM »
Does anyone have a link to an article regarding the different versions? I watched the 130 min version, which I thought was the full HK cut, but there are still these huge jumps in time when major events happen. It threw off the editing of the film into a disjointed series of loosely-connected events. (Donny Yen's Ip Man also jumps through time, but it settles into the events like a series of 4 or 5 short films that give a portrait of the man's life. Here, Tony Leung becomes just one serene part of a larger ensemble.)

What remains are a lot of pretty images including a distracting abundance of inserts of objects slowly wobbling in the kung-fu and Zhang Ziyi's pretty/unhappy expression. It's the clunkiest film I've seen from WKW since Ashes of Time.

Try this

It is very long but there is discussion about the different versions.

Also I am over safari on the iPad. Every time I change tabs it refreshes the tab, so I lose what I have written if I go to another tab to look something up. Aaaarrrrgggghhh

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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #42 on: December 30, 2013, 01:41:43 PM »
Some fantastic writing on The Grandmaster.

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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #43 on: December 31, 2013, 01:27:53 AM »
Thanks for the links. That last article was an especially well-written argument. However, it solidified my problem with the film. The Grandmaster has been praised as a kung-fu film elevated to art by the director, but I was disappointed to see WKW pull up his same bag of tricks and use them on a story that would've benefitted from a different style. He did something different for the genre (both martial arts and biopic) but it was exactly the same notes of romantic longing and unspoken passion that he sings with every other film he's made. I had hoped 2046 with be the final summation. He's stuck in a rut.

And it's been fun reading all the American reviews that give him the benefit of the doubt and assume these time jumps are part of the shortened edit.
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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #44 on: January 21, 2014, 04:51:48 AM »
Chungking Express
Fallen Angels
In the Mood for Love
2046
The Grandmaster
My Blueberry Nights
Days of Being Wild
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Re: Wong Kar-wai
« Reply #45 on: May 13, 2015, 03:27:51 AM »
Shouldn't The Grandmaster be on this list ?
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Re: Wong, Kar-wai
« Reply #46 on: May 13, 2015, 09:17:22 AM »
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Re: Wong, Kar-wai
« Reply #47 on: May 13, 2015, 09:41:27 AM »
Was tempted to select didn't like any but I guess In The Mood For Love will work.

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Re: Wong, Kar-wai
« Reply #48 on: May 13, 2015, 09:49:15 AM »
Now I can vote.
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Re: Wong, Kar-wai
« Reply #49 on: January 28, 2016, 11:01:33 PM »
In the Mood for Love: 7/10
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