A Man having a very high strong emotions.
Often casts Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung in his films
Opening and closing credits against a red or blue backdrop
Abstract, abrupt and ambiguous endings with the characters left with ambivalent feelings at the end, leaving the outcome “post-ending” to the viewer’s choice and interpretation
Usage of flip clocks to show the time in particular scenes
Multiple narrators are frequently shown in his films with mostly the thoughts of the respective character being expressed via his/her narration
Uses a lot of symbolism or visually metaphorical situations to depict the moods of his characters in various situations while they are doing apparently mundane things on-screen
Dull-lit &/or color-filtered-lit rooms
Frequent usage of time-lapse photography
Quick freeze-frames to emphasize the specific important moments in the middle of some scenes
In his films, characters are shown having a conversation mostly off-screen or with their faces reflected in mirrors (often out of focus) or other reflective surfaces, with only their voices being heard by the viewer
Left Shanghai with his mother at the age of 5, when they emigrated to Hongkong, leaving his father, a hotel director, his brother and his sister behind.
Did not speak Cantonese–the local dialect of Hong Kong–until the age of 13.
Dropped out of an art school and joined a screenwriter’s program in 1980.
Does not use detailed scripts for his films.
Never went to a film school.
He claims that his non-linear style of story-telling is inspired by the late Argentinian writer Manuel Puig‘s novel titled “The Buenos Aires Affair”.
His son Qing, born 1994, along with his wife live in Hong Kong.
Director with the most films (6, all directed between 1989 to 2000) among the Best 100 Chinese Motion Pictures, selected by Hong Kong Film Awards in celebration of 100 years of movies.
1st Chinese to win the Best Director Award at Cannes film Festival (1997)
[January 5, 2006] It was announced that he has been selected President of the Jury for the 2006 Cannes Film Festival.
Has directed several commercials and music videos.
Graduated from Hong Kong Polytechnic College in graphic design (1980).
Considers Zui hou sheng li (1987) his best script.
Profiled in “Films and Dreams: Tarkovsky, Bergman, Sokurov, Kubrick and Wong Kar-Wei” by Thurston Botz-Borsnstein. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2008.
Loves Ingmar Bergman.
Stated that one contemporary director he really likes is Danny Boyle.