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2046
Wong Kar-wai
The unofficial sequel to Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love finds Mr. Chow (Tony Leung) holed up in a '60s Hong Kong hotel room where he seduces a constant stream of women (including Zhang Ziyi) when he's not busy writing his science fiction novel (titled, naturally, 2046). Chow's discontent draws him to memories of a distant past and dreams of a shimmering future, where he courts an elegant android (Faye Wong) in his dreams. Beautifully photographed by skilled cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Wong folds history, passion, and memory into a mysterious and transitory whole. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Hong Kong, 2004, 129 mins.
DVD | $37.95  


Chinese Directors - Wong Kar-wai


The Wong Kar-wai Collection
Wong Kar-wai
Dubbed "the most romantic filmmaker in the world" (Richard Corliss, Time), Wong Kar-wai brings a bold visual style to unique love stories set amongst the young and disenfranchised in his native Hong Kong. His feature debut, As Tears Go By (1988, 102 mins.), is the story of two street gang members - a young upstart and his mentor. When love enters the life of the elder, he contemplates leaving the streets for another life. A Cantonese Rebel Without a Cause, Days of Being Wild (1990, 94 mins.) binds together the lives of six young people in Hong Kong during the '60s. Chungking Express (1994, 102 mins.) is a dream-like valentine to youth and hopeless love that juxtaposes two offbeat stories with beautiful, mysterious women and colorful cops against a backdrop of a Chinese fast-food restaurant. In the neo-noir fantasy, Fallen Angels (1996, 95 mins.), a hitman is the object of unrequited passion for two women: the female agent who hands down his assignments, and an orange-haired punkette name Baby. Happy Together (1997, 98 mins.) uses gorgeous, saturated images set to an eclectic soundtrack of classic tangos, torch songs and Frank Zappa instrumentals to chronicle the stormy affair of a gay couple living as expatriates in Buenos Aires. All films in Cantonese with English subtitles. Five-DVD boxed set. Hong Kong, 1988-1997.
DVD | $129  

2046
Wong Kar-wai
The unofficial sequel to Wong Kar-Wai's In the Mood for Love finds Mr. Chow (Tony Leung) holed up in a '60s Hong Kong hotel room where he seduces a constant stream of women (including Zhang Ziyi) when he's not busy writing his science fiction novel (titled, naturally, 2046). Chow's discontent draws him to memories of a distant past and dreams of a shimmering future, where he courts an elegant android (Faye Wong) in his dreams. Beautifully photographed by skilled cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Wong folds history, passion, and memory into a mysterious and transitory whole. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Hong Kong, 2004, 129 mins.
DVD | $37.95  

As Tears Go By
Wong Kar-wai
The feature debut of the gifted filmmaker Wong Kar-wai (Chungking Express, In the Mood for Love). This Hong Kong Mean Streets is the story of a hot-tempered "little brother" who is constantly being bailed out of trouble by a seasoned street "big brother" who lacks the ambition to rise in the ranks of the triad societies. When big brother falls in love with his cousin from Kowloon, he thinks about leaving "the life." Also released as Fatal Checkout. The DVD is letterboxed, with multilingual subtitles, and includes cast and film details. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Hong Kong, 1988, 102 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

Chungking Express
Wong Kar-wai
From supreme visual stylist Wong Kar-wai comes this stunning, dream-like valentine to youth and hopeless love. Kar-wai juxtaposes two quirky, offbeat stories with beautiful, mysterious women and colorful cops against a backdrop of a Chinese fast-food restaurant. An emotionally cool, post-modern romantic comedy. "...an ideal introduction to his work...a vibrant commentary on young love today, packed with punch and personality" (Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader). Cast includes Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Brigitte Lin. The DVD is letterboxed, closed-captioned, and includes U.S. and Hong Kong trailers and an introduction from Quentin Tarantino. Cantonese with English subtitles. Hong Kong, 1994, 102 mins.
DVD | $37.95  
DVD - Criterion Collection edition. Newly restored hi-def digital transfer. DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. Letterboxed (1.66:1). Includes commentary by film critic Tony Rayns, U.S. theatrical trailer, improved subtitle translation, and a booklet an essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from a 1996 Sight and Sound interview with Wong by Rayns.
$59  

Days of Being Wild
Wong Kar-wai
A critical and commercial success, this award-winning tale binds together the lives of six young people in Hong Kong during the '60s. A sort of Cantonese Rebel Without a Cause, but with a more typically Chinese emphasis on the bonds between people. With Maggie Cheung Man-Yu, Andy Lau Tak-Wah, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Carina Lau Kar-Ling and Jacky Cheung Hok-Yau. In Cantonese/Mandarin with English subtitles. Hong Kong, 1990, 94 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

Eros
Michelangelo Antonioni/Wong Kar-wai/Steven Soderbergh
Three of modern cinema's most accomplished and beguiling directors explore erotic terrain in this lyrical omnibus film. Wong Kar Wai directs "Hand", a romantic tale about a tailor's relationship with a beautiful Hong Kong courtesan. Chang Chen and Gong Li star. In "Equilibrium", Steven Soderbergh chronicles the sexual obsessions of an advertising exec (Robert Downey, Jr.) who turns to a shrink (Alan Arkin) to help wean him from his odd behavior. Finally, "The Dangerous Thread of Things" finds Italian master Michelangelo Antonioni exploring the effect that a beautiful young woman (Luisa Ranieri) has on a couple whose marriage is eroding. With Christopher Buchholz and Regina Nemni. "Wong's is the sexiest, Soderbergh's the funniest, Antonioni's the most Italian" (Newsday). Includes short film Michelangelo Eye to Eye (Michelangelo Antonioni, 2004, 15 mins.) in Italian with English subtitles. In English, Italian, and Mandarin with English subtitles. Hong Kong/USA/Italy, 2005, 111 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

Fallen Angels
Wong Kar-wai
In this neo-noir fantasy, Leon Lai stars as a hitman who is the object of unrequited passion for two women: the female agent (Michele Reis) who hands down his assignments, and an orange-haired punkette name Baby (Karen Mong). "Fallen Angels takes every risk known to filmmaking and succeeds triumphantly" (Sight and Sound). In Cantonese with English subtitles. Hong Kong, 1996, 95 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

Happy Together
Wong Kar-wai
With gorgeous, saturated images set to an eclectic soundtrack of classic tangos, torch songs and Frank Zappa instrumentals, Wong Kar-wai chronicles the stormy affair of a gay couple (Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Leslie Cheung) living as expatriates in Buenos Aires. "Stylistically brash. Pulsing with life. Captures the restless, open-to-everything spirit of youth" (Stephen Holden, New York Times). In Cantonese with English subtitles. Hong Kong, 1997, 98 mins.
DVD | $44.95  

In the Mood for Love
Wong Kar-wai
"...one of the year's most sensuous films" (Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune). Wong Kar-wai's somber tale of unrequited love takes place mainly in Hong Kong of the '60s, where two married neighbors (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai and Maggie Cheung) discover that their spouses have been having an affair. They find they are drawn together, not so much out of shared betrayal as the shared longing for the authentic love they could not find in their marriages. But their sharp awareness of society's view of them - and perhaps their own fears of future heartache - keep them apart. While the color schemes are less dazzling than in some of the director's earlier films, this is a visually distinctive work with two fine performances and a muted yet resonant emotional tone. The DVD is a two-disc Criterion Collection edition, and is letterboxed, with the music score presented in an interactive essay, alternate ending and deleted scenes with director's commentary, an interview with Wong Kar-wai, electronic press kit, photo gallery, and much more. In Cantonese with English subtitles. Hong Kong, 2000, 98 mins.
DVD | $59  

My Blueberry Nights
Wong Kar-wai
Nominated for the Golden Palm at Cannes in 2007, Wong Kar-wai's first English-language film is this moody road movie about a lovelorn American girl (pop singer Norah Jones) who sets off across the states in a bid to get over her ex-boyfriend. Each episodic stop on her trek from New York to Memphis to Las Vegas brings her into contact with other troubled souls. Co-starring Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, David Straitharn, and Natalie Portman. Features bold cinematography by Darius Khondji and the colorful production design of William Chang Suk Ping. Hong Kong/France, 2007, 90 mins.
DVD | $37.95