World of Wong Kar-Wai at The Cinematheque

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Vancouver, BC | As we settle in for a cosy, socially isolated festive season what better to keep us company than the sumptuous, sensual, unapologetically sentimental cinema of  Hong Kong’s best-loved auteur! The Cinematheque begins their career-spanning retrospective devoted to Wong Kar-Wai with a virtual run of seven brand-new restorations that can all be enjoyed from the comforts of home.

Occasioned by the 20th anniversary of In the Mood for Love – a true contender for the title of “most beautiful film ever made” – this retrospective has been long-awaited by cinephiles and it won’t disappoint. More titles will be announced in the new year when in-person screenings at The Cinematheque can resume.

On January 7 Chelsea Birks, a self-professed WKW fan and The Cinematheque’s Learning & Outreach Manager, will host a virtual lecture exploring the director’s signature stylistic techniques and artistic influences.

“Visual pleasures abound, from Wong’s preference for bold, saturated colours to the profligate use of slow-motion and step printing. His films feature a veritable catalogue of Chinese cinema’s most beautiful people, from the incomparably glamorous Maggie Cheung to Cantopop icons Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai to celebrity superstars Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi. But while Wong’s is decidedly not an austere cinema, neither do his films reflect an unrestrained hedonism: his lovers are frequently paralyzed by repressive social conditions (In the Mood for LoveHappy Together), shyness (Chungking Express), or a general sense of youthful malaise (Days of Being WildFallen Angels).” – Chelsea Birks

Enjoy all seven of the virtual titles in this retrospective at a discounted rate with a WKW Virtual Series Pass.

Days of Being Wild (Ah Fei jing juenTickets
As Tears Go By (Wong Gok ka moonTickets
Chungking Express (Chung Hing sam lamTickets
Fallen Angels (Do lok tin si) Tickets
In the Mood for Love (Fa yeung nin wa) Tickets
Happy Together (Chun gwong cha sitTickets

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