LOVE AND NEON - THE CINEMA OF WONG KAR-WAI

LOVE AND NEON - THE CINEMA OF WONG KAR-WAI

'What makes [Wong's] movies feel like special events is the way every emotional tone is blended into the swirling colour and motion of city life. As a city filmmaker, he’s without peer.' – Film Comment

Wong Kar-Wai’s cinema is intrinsically linked to urban spaces and the lives of city dwellers, who are often in close proximity but psychologically miles away.  

Across 11 feature films, Wong Kar-Wai (and his regular collaborators William Chang and Christopher Doyle) have crafted a cinematic universe that’s instantly recognisable, and often imitated.

'What makes cinema so attractive, so fascinating is that it’s not just a one-plus-one process: it’s chemistry between sound, words, ideas and image' – Wong Kar-Wai

This desire to experiment has led Wong to boldly play with genre – gangster, melodrama, sci-fi, wuxia – often throwing several into the one film, whilst also embracing the poetic, fragmented structures of Latin American literature as inspiration for many of his films. But for all his genre hopping, Wong Kar-Wai anchors us with faces – Maggie Cheung, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Faye Wong, Leslie Cheung, Zhang Ziyi – forever linked to his filmmaking.

With an exacting approach to the language of cinema – the way he moves a camera, inserts a musical cue or slows down the frame, just enough to break our heart – Wong Kar-Wai elevates cinema from mere storytelling. He offers up a genuinely cinematic space; a city so real we almost believe it exists, populated by beautiful stars navigating love, heartbreak and all the longing in-between.

PROGRAM

Chungking Express – 19 February, 6.00pm
In the Mood for Love – 20 February, 6.00pm
2046 – 20 February, 8.15pm
Fallen Angels – 21 February, 2.00pm
Happy Together – 21 February, 4.30pm

Terms and Conditions

Pass is not transferable and is valid for one entry per session. All sessions must be pre-booked. Passes are not valid for special events. Passes can be scanned at the door for entry.