Wong Kar Wai

A Man having a very  high strong emotions.


Trade Mark

Often casts Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung in his films

Wear sunglasses

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

His films are either period pieces set in the 1960s or his modern era films feature songs from the ’60s in background (e.g. California Dreamin, Happy Together, etc.)


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.