1995. Hong Kong. Wong Kar-Wai. 96 min.
Friday, December 7, 2007, 8:30 p.m.
Theater 1 (The Roy and Niuta Titus Theater 1), T1
1995. Hong Kong. Written and directed by Wong Kar-Wai. Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. With Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro. This darkly humorous parallel-narrative film focuses on two characters—one a professional killer, the other a freewheeling mute man—and the eccentrics they encounter as they navigate Wong and Doyle's Hong Kong after dark, a stylistically frenetic world that is alternately cool and whimsical. Wong and Doyle began their collaboration in 1991 with Days of Being Wild, and their last film together was 2046 (2004). Of their work together, Doyle noted in The Observer in 2005 that "the journey has been wonderful." Their efforts have produced a brilliant joint canon of films that feature signature recurring visuals (saturated colors, kinetic camera movements, uncommon camera angles, and close-ups) and themes (love and loss) that have evolved throughout their long collaboration. The director and cinematographer have described their technique together as organic and specific to their dispositions: "Our styles come from the way we work" (Wong). Gift of Kino International. In Cantonese; English subtitles. 96 min.