Retrospective is a regular series showcasing bodies of work from an extended period of activity by filmmakers of different eras. Devoted to the region’s film history, contributions and movements within the industries in Asia, the platform focuses on particular profiles, themes and aesthetics to allow audiences to experience past and ongoing cinematic transformations.
“During the process of restoring the pictures that you are about to watch, we were caught in a dilemma between restoring these films to the form in which the audience had remembered them and how I had originally envisioned them. There was so much that we could change, and I decided to take the second path as it would represent my most vivid vision of these films.” – Wong Kar Wai, regarding the restoration of his films
With his lush and sensual visuals, poignant soundtracks, and soulful romanticism, Wong Kar Wai has solidified his position as one of the most defining auteurs of contemporary cinema. The Asian Film Archive is proud to kick off our Retrospective series with the quintessential works from one of Asia’s most iconic figures, featuring brand-new restorations overseen by Wong Kar Wai himself.
The eight films presented as part of this retrospective are an invitation into the charismatic and wistful world of a deeply influential artist. Whether tragically romantic, soaked in blood, or quirkily comedic, his distinctive works have enthralled a worldwide audience and inspired countless filmmakers with their bold stylistic strokes and an enduring enigmatic beauty.
The 8 films are:
As Tears Go By (1988)
Days of Being Wild (1990)
Chungking Express (1994)
Fallen Angels (1995)
Happy Together (1997)
In the Mood for Love (2000)
Ashes of Time Redux (2008)
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