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Kar-wai Wong

by Thom Bennett

Highly regarded Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai has been possibly the most innovative filmmaker of the last decade. His radical, highly visual approach to the art of filmmaking has quickly established him as one of the great talents in world cinema. "As Tears Go By" (1988), his directorial debut was well received by critics and established him as one the directors to watch in the burgeoning Hong Kong film scene. His promise was more than fulfilled with the release of his second film, the hauntingly beautiful "Days Of Being Wild", which generated a great deal of interest on the international festival circuit, receiving numerous awards and introducing him to the world.

While many of the successful Hong Kong directors have answered the call to Hollywood, Wong Kar-Wai continues to live and work in Hong Kong, collaborating with longtime cinematographer Christopher Doyle. His films include "Ashes of Time", "Chungking Express", "Fallen Angels", and "Happy Together" (which garnered him the best director award at the 1998 Cannes Film Festival). His film "Untitled" is set to premiere at the 2000 Cannes film Festival.

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