Salute to Wong Kar Wai


The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences will be honoring Director/Writer Wong Kar Wai on July 22, 2013 with an onstage conversation followed by a sneak preview of his latest film, The Grandmaster.

From the Academy’s website:

Hong Kong-based filmmaker Wong Kar Wai is known for his unique sense of style and emotionally resonant work. The first Chinese director to win the Best Director Award at the Cannes Film Festival for his 1997 film “Happy Together,” Wong has been called a “poet of time” by Sight & Sound and “perhaps the most revered and singular of Hong Kong auteurs” by The New York Times.

I am very much looking forward to The Grandmaster, a film about martial arts grandmaster, Ip Man (played by Tony Leung), who trained Bruce Lee. There have been other films about Ip Man, most notably and recently one starring Donny Yen, which was a pretty good flick itself. Wong Kar Wai’s exposition on the tale will be interesting.

Tony Leung is, of course, a regular in Wong Kar Wai’s films. He’s somewhat like Robert DeNiro to Wong Kar Wai’s Martin Scorsese. Maybe. Many fans and critics would point to Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love as Wong and Leung’s best films. However, my personal favorite is the dystopic Ashes of Time. Having grew up with The Legend of the Condor Heroes and seeing the Wong’s version in my adolescence really resonated with me, then and to this day.

(Photo source: The Academy’s website)