Hawai’i International Film Festival and the Honolulu Museum of Art present 7 classic films by Wong Kar Wai. From his 1988 debut feature film “As Tears to By” to the extended cut of his 2004 film “The Hand” in 2004, see why Wong (knwon as WKW) has enraptured audiences and critics alike. Janus Films presents these film classics in brand-new 4K restorations. Individual Tickets: $12 / $10 HIFF ‘Ohana. 7-Film Pass: $70 / $60 HIFF ‘Ohana. More info: https://hiff.org/the-world-of-wong-kar-wai
7 classic Wong Kar Wai films
- THE HAND (2004). Originally conceived for the omnibus film Eros, the film—presented in this retrospective for the first time in its extended cut—tells the tale of Zhang (Chang Chen), a shy tailor’s assistant enraptured by a mysterious client.IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE (2000). Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them.
- HAPPY TOGETHER (1997). One of the most searing romances of the 1990s, this emotionally raw, lushly stylized portrait of a relationship in breakdown casts Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung as a couple traveling through Argentina and locked in a turbulent cycle of infatuation and destructive jealousy as they break up, make up, and fall apart again and again.
- FALLEN ANGELS (1995). Lost souls reach out for human connection amidst the glimmering night world of Hong Kong in this hallucinatory, neon-soaked nocturne.
- CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994). The whiplash, double-pronged “Chungking Express” is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai an instant icon.
- DAYS OF BEING WILD (1990). Wong Kar Wai’s breakthrough sophomore feature represents the first full flowering of his swooning signature style. This ravishing existential reverie is a dreamlike drift through the Hong Kong of the 1960s in which a band of wayward twenty-somethings pull together and push apart in a cycle of frustrated desire.
- AS TEARS GO BY (1988). Wong Kar Wai’s scintillating debut feature is a kinetic, hyper-cool crime thriller graced with flashes of the impressionistic, daydream visual style for which he would become renowned.
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