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Wong Kar-Wai's Mood
November 12, 2008 10:36 AM   Subscribe

In 2005, Margaret Pomeranz interviewed Wong Kar Wai. In 2007 GoldenDragonPictures posted the unedited footage to YouTube [parts 2 3 4 5 6] wherein he discusses his career to the point of 2046.

And if you need more, they also posted a UK interview from the same time.
posted by saturnine (13 comments total) 17 users marked this as a favorite

 
Fuck Yeah!
posted by chunking express at 10:40 AM on November 12, 2008


Heh, eponysterical. Great movie, though.
posted by KokuRyu at 10:58 AM on November 12, 2008


I wait patiently for posts about Wong Kar Wai. Damn my misspelled username.
posted by chunking express at 11:08 AM on November 12, 2008


I say, rather!
The PG-rated Ealing Comedy chunking express :p
posted by Abiezer at 11:12 AM on November 12, 2008


chunking_express - not only did I post this with you in mind, but steady yourself before going through all the videos at the GoldenDragonPictures link (if you've not already) because it's a great big smack hit. *taps vein*
posted by saturnine at 11:15 AM on November 12, 2008


But why do their movies all start to suck when they show up in Hollywood? John Woo, Wong Kar Wai, Chow Yun Fat, Jackie Chan, Sammo Hung, the Pang Brothers, etc. etc. etc.

If Johnnie To ever shows up at the US border, please put him on the next plane home.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 11:17 AM on November 12, 2008


I'm at work, so I haven't been able to watch these videos yet. Can't wait. I'm waiting for my Criterion Bluray copy of Chungking Express to ship from Amazon. I haven't seen the film in ages: I have this crappy VCD copy. I used to have it on VHS. I think watching it in fancy-ass hi-def is when my brain will explode.

I have yet to see Blueberry Nights, but I've heard bad things. Or, at the very least, i've heard Norah Jones is horrible in it. Sucks. Off topic but related: did you hear that Spielberg & Will Smith want to remake Oldboy. I shit you not.
posted by chunking express at 11:47 AM on November 12, 2008


Trying hard not to post too much here because it sucks when the OP leads conversation but:

"I have yet to see Blueberry Nights, but I've heard bad things. Or, at the very least, i've heard Norah Jones is horrible in it."

Norah Jones is fine, she's a sweetheart, it's Jude Law that stinks up the place. Once they get rid of him, it's a solid piece of cinema - unfortunately it means getting past the first 30 minutes with your patience intact. I also didn't think many of the actors involved knew how to deal with WKW's dialogue.
posted by saturnine at 12:21 PM on November 12, 2008


The interview is no longer available on YouTube.
posted by Beardman at 1:46 PM on November 12, 2008


I'm watching it now, so I think you might be mistaken.
posted by chunking express at 3:17 PM on November 12, 2008


Once they get rid of him, it's a solid piece of cinema - unfortunately it means getting past the first 30 minutes with your patience intact.

OK, I confess that I didn't make it past the first 30 minutes. If its *that* good, perhaps I'll take another stab at it.

Perhaps the problem is that I expect more than a 'solid piece of cinema' based on his earlier work?
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:20 PM on November 12, 2008


The Guardian didn't like it, but IMDB give it a solid 6.9 or so with over 10,000 votes.

did you hear that Spielberg & Will Smith want to remake Oldboy.

I knew somebody would. Asia is hot (aside from the fact that the Hong Kong film industry is virtually dead now) and Old Boy is a really solid movie. I'd watch the remake, even though I know it'll be a pale shadow.

I've just last week watched the Nicholas Cage remake of the Pang Brother's Bangkok Dangerous. The Thai original is a really solid film -- not great, but innovative and atmospheric, yet even though Oxide and Danny directed the remake with ten more years experience under their belts, it sucked big sweaty balls by comparison.
posted by PeterMcDermott at 3:38 PM on November 12, 2008


My friend and I made the interesting discovery that if you turn on the Chinese dubbed version of "Blueberry Nights", it becomes much more palatable.
posted by of strange foe at 6:39 PM on November 12, 2008


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