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Overview (2)

Born in Shanghai, China
Height 5' 11¾" (1.82 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Ah fei zing zyun (1990), Dung che sai duk (1994), Chung Hing sam lam (1994), Do lok tin si (1995), Chun gwong cha sit (1997), 2046 (2004) and My Blueberry Nights (2007), Yi dai zong shi (2013). His film Fa yeung nin wa (2000), starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, garnered widespread critical acclaim. Wong's films frequently feature protagonists who yearn for romance in the midst of a knowingly brief life and scenes that can often be described as sketchy, digressive, exhilarating, and containing vivid imagery. Wong was the first Chinese director to win the Best Director Award of Cannes Film Festival (for his work Chun gwong cha sit in 1997). Wong was the President of the Jury at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, which makes him the only Chinese person to preside over the jury at the Cannes Film Festival. He was also the President of the Jury at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013. In 2006, Wong accepted the National Order of the Legion of Honour: Knight (Highest Degree) from the French Government. In 2013, Wong accepted Order of Arts and Letters: Commander (Highest Degree) by the French Minister of Culture.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Movie Guy

Spouse (1)

Esther (? - present) (1 child)

Trade Mark (12)

Often casts Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung in his films
Often wears sunglasses
Opening and closing credits against a red or blue backdrop
Abstract, abrupt and ambiguous endings with the characters left with ambivalent feelings at the end, leaving the outcome "post-ending" to the viewer's choice and interpretation
Usage of flip clocks to show the time in particular scenes
Multiple narrators are frequently shown in his films with mostly the thoughts of the respective character being expressed via his/her narration
Uses a lot of symbolism or visually metaphorical situations to depict the moods of his characters in various situations while they are doing apparently mundane things on-screen
Dull-lit &/or color-filtered-lit rooms
Frequent usage of time-lapse photography
Quick freeze-frames to emphasize the specific important moments in the middle of some scenes
In his films, characters are shown having a conversation mostly off-screen or with their faces reflected in mirrors (often out of focus) or other reflective surfaces, with only their voices being heard by the viewer
His films are either period pieces set in the 1960s or his modern era films feature songs from the '60s in background (e.g. California Dreamin, Happy Together, etc.)

Trivia (19)

Left Shanghai with his mother at the age of 5, when they emigrated to Hongkong, leaving his father, a hotel director, his brother and his sister behind.
Did not speak Cantonese--the local dialect of Hong Kong--until the age of 13.
Dropped out of an art school and joined a screenwriter's program in 1980.
Does not use detailed scripts for his films.
Never went to a film school.
He claims that his non-linear style of story-telling is inspired by the late Argentinian writer Manuel Puig's novel titled "The Buenos Aires Affair".
His son Qing, born 1994, along with his wife live in Hong Kong.
Director with the most films (6, all directed between 1989 to 2000) among the Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures, selected by Hong Kong Film Awards in celebration of 100 years of movies.
1st Chinese to win the Best Director Award at Cannes film Festival (1997)
[January 5, 2006] It was announced that he has been selected President of the Jury for the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Has directed several commercials and music videos.
Graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic College in graphic design (1980).
Considers Zui hou sheng li (1987) his best script.
Profiled in "Films and Dreams: Tarkovsky, Bergman, Sokurov, Kubrick and Wong Kar-Wei" by Thurston Botz-Borsnstein. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
Loves Ingmar Bergman's films.
Stated that one contemporary director he really likes is Danny Boyle.
He is fluent in English.
61st Cannes Film Festival [May 2008]
His mentor is Patrick Tam.

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