A Companion to Wong Kar–wai. Wiley Blackwell Companions to Film Directors

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  • 648 Pages
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
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With 25 essays that embrace a wide spectrum of topics and perspectives including intertextuality, transnationality, gender representation, repetition, the use of music, color, and sound, depiction of time and space in human affairs, and Wong s highly original portrayal of violence,A Companion to Wong Kar–Wai is a singular examination of the prestigious filmmaker known around the world for the innovation, beauty, and passion he brings to filmmaking. This collection, under the editorship of Martha P. Nochimson, brings together the most cutting edge and interesting scholarship on arguably the greatest living Asian filmmaker. The essays are written by a multinational group of established and rising film scholars and critics. Covering a huge breadth of topics, including the tradition of the jianghu in Wong′s films; queering Wong′s films not in terms of gender but through the artist′s liminality; the phenomenological Wong; Wong′s intertextuality; America through Wong′s eyes; the optics of intensities, thresholds, and transfers of energy in Wong′s cinema; and the diasporic presence of some ladies from Shanghai in Wong′s Hong Kong, the essays examine the political, historical, and sociological influence of Wong and his work, and discuss his work from a variety of perspectives including modern, post–modern, postcolonial, and queer theory. Also included are two appendices, which discuss his work in Hong Kong television and commercials. This collection marks the most comprehensive in–depth scholarly study to date of this award winning director and serves as an essential resource for film scholars, critics, and devoted moviegoers looking for a deeper understanding of Wong s fascinating body of work.
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Notes on Contributors ix

Acknowledgments xv

Part One Introduction

Wong Kar–wai: Invoking the Universal and the Local 3Martha P. Nochimson

Part Two Mapping Wong s Liminality

1 Transnational Wong 23Ken Provencher

2 It is a Restless Moment: Wong Kar–wai and the Phenomenology of Flow 47Joseph G. Kickasola

3 Wong Kar–wai and his jiang hu 80Bérénice Reynaud

Part Three Thresholds of Texture and Mood

4 Wong Kar–wai s Cinema of Repetition 115Ackbar Abbas

5 Wong Kar–wai: The Optics of the Virtual 135Angelo Restivo

6 Color Design in the Cinema of Wong Kar–wai 153Shohini Chaudhuri

7 The Value of Re–exports: Wong Kar–wai s Use of Pre–existing Soundtracks 182Giorgio Biancorosso

Part Four In the Corridors of History and Culture

8 Wong s Ladies from Shanghai 207Gina Marchetti

9 The Sinophone Cinema of Wong Kar–wai 232Audrey Yue

10 New Queer Angles on Wong Kar–wai 250Helen Hok–Sze Leung

11 Pity about the furniture : Violence, Wong Kar–wai Style 272Karen Fang

12 In the Mood for Food: Wong Kar–wai s Culinary Imaginary 295Mike Ingham and Matthew Kwok–kin Fung

13 Chungking Express, Tarantino, and the Making of a Reputation 319David Desser

Part Five Close–up of Wong s Inflections of Time and Space

14 Chungking Express: Slow Images Ahead 347Raymond Bellour (translated by Allyn Hardyck)

15 Wong Kar–wai: The Actor, Framed 353Joe McElhaney

16 Infidelity and the Obscure Object of History 378Vivian P.Y. Lee

17 Metonymy, Mneme, and Anamnesis in Wong Kar–wai 397Thorsten Botz–Bornstein

Part Six Focus on Individual Films

18 Serial, Sequelae, and Postcolonial Nostalgia: Wong Kar–wai s 1960s Hong Kong Trilogy 419Yiman Wang

19 We Can t Go On Not Meeting Like This: Fallen Angels and Wong s Intertextuality 438Martha P. Nochimson

20 The Third Reality: In the Mood for Love 462Michel Chion (translated by Claudia Gorbman)

21 Cinephiliac Engagement and the Disengaged Gaze in In the Mood for Love 467Yomi Braester

22 Wong s America, North and South: My Blueberry Nights and Happy Together 485Ken Provencher

23 Queer Utopias in Wong Kar–wai s Happy Together 508Carlos Rojas

24 Wong Kar–wai s Genre Practice and Romantic Authorship: The Cases of Ashes of Time Redux and The Grandmaster 522Stephen Teo

25 Wong Kar–wai, Auteur and Adaptor: Ashes of Time and In The Mood for Love 540Wai–ping Yau

Filmography 558

Appendix I Wong Works in Television Chih–ting Chen 562

Appendix II Wong Works in Advertising Chih–ting Chen 569

Selected Bibliography 586

Index 600

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Martha P. Nochimson has taught in the Department of Film and Television at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, and at Mercy College, where she developed and chaired a program in Film Studies. She is the author of several books, including most recently An Introduction to Film Genres (2013), David Lynch Swerves: Uncertainty from Lost Highway to Inland Empire (2013), World on Film: An Introduction (Wiley Blackwell, 2010), and Dying to Belong: Gangster Movies in Hollywood and Hong Kong (Wiley–Blackwell, 2007). She has been invited to appear on television in her capacity as a film and media critic in the United States, Canada, and France, and she has covered international film festivals in New York, Montreal, and Istanbul for over a decade. Her numerous articles about world film and interviews of major directors have appeared in Cineaste, Film Quarterly, and The New Review of Film and Television Studies. Further information is available at her website: [external URL]

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