Companion to Wong Kar-wai
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.
Brings together the most cutting edge, in-depth, and interesting scholarship on arguably the greatest living Asian filmmaker, from a multinational group of established and rising film scholars and critics
Covers a huge breadth of topics such as 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
Examines the political, historical, and sociological influence of Wong and his work, and discusses his work from a variety of perspectives including modern, post-modern, postcolonial, and queer theory
Includes two appendices which examine Wong’s work in Hong Kong television and commercials