Wong Kar-wai has become one of the key auteurs of world cinema with its fresh and post modern style. His name is readily recognised in the West for his visually exceptional, highly stylised films. As a director Wong Kar-wai is detectable with bold experimentations and views about film directing; employing aspects of human relations through allusions to alienation and dislocation themes by using a variety of genres. His films are quite extraordinary for their capacity to excite the senses and the intellect, exceeding facile stereotypes of the delicate and exotic east and for the ease with which they cross over from local to global nuances…
The themes explored throughout In the Mood for Love would be transformed in a different perspective in 2046. The film is closely enmeshed with that of Kar-wai’s previous film, as it follows the aftermath of Chow Mo-wan’s unconsummated affair with Su Li-Zhen in 1960s Hong Kong, but also includes some science fiction elements. Kar-wai was certainly pushing the boundaries of his own methods with this film.
2046 seeks to highlight the emotional reaction to change as it takes effect over time; a delayed reaction that hits as change becomes apparent. Kar-wai repeatedly shows characters slowly overcome by the pain of separation or loss of love. From dark backgrounds, single characters glow like Flemish paintings and characters are placed off centre to activate the space that surrounds them with mystery and depth. It is also worth mentioning that 2046 would be the last collaboration between Kar-waiand Christopher Doyle, as he walked away before the film was completed. The visual aesthetic present in this film is equal to Kar-wai’s previous stylistic achievements that have made his name virtually synonymous with originality and it is on this basis that Hollywood has been drawn to his work.
[Kar-wai’s] unique approach of combining stories of the fast-paced life with the uncertainty of romance has created a consistent chain of ideas about time and love intrinsic in all of his films.
His next film was an experiment in Hollywood terrain. My Blueberry Nights is Kar-wai’s first film in English. It starred Jazz singer Norah Jones in her acting debut, as well as known stars such as Jude Law, David Strathairn, Rachel Weisz, and Natalie Portman. The film follows various characters who are intermingled in the story of a young woman’s soul-searching journey across America to resolve her questions about love, while encountering a series of offbeat characters along the way. My Blueberry Nights is wrought according to Kar-wai’s stylistics trademark giving the image of America his own particular look.
Wong Kar-wai is positioned in the Dogme of international acclaimed auteurs. His art and style of storytelling is built through his personal influences. His unique approach of combining stories of the fast-paced life with the uncertainty of romance has created a consistent chain of ideas about time and love intrinsic in all of his films.