Wong Kar Wai is a renowned Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker. Wong
was the first Chinese director to win the Best Director Award of
Cannes Film Festival (for Happy Together in 1997). Wong was the
President of the Jury at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, which makes
him the only Chinese person to preside over the jury at the Cannes
Film Festival. Wong was listed at number three on the British Film
Institute's Sight & Sound Top Ten Directors list of modern times.
In 2006, Wong accepted the National Order of the Legion of Honour:
Knight (Highest Degree) from the French Government. In 2013, Wong
accepted Order of Arts and Letters: Commander (Highest Degree) by
the French Minister of Culture. In 2013 he won the Asian Film Award
for Best Director for The Grandmaster. Wong owns the independent
production company Jet Tone Films.
John Power is a writer and film critic. Powers covers film and politics for Vogue and Vogue.com and is the pop culture and critic-at-large on NPR's Fresh Air with Terry Gross. He previously served for six years as the film critic. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper's BAZAAR, The Nation, Gourmet, The Washington Post, The New York Times and L.A. Weekly, where he spent twelve years as a critic and columnist. He is a former professor at Georgetown University.
The highlight of [WKW: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wei] for me is
the superbly gorgeous photographs and film stills, some 250
in total, all neatly collected in this beautiful hard cover volume.
. . the huge collection of film stills and photographs alone is
worth the price of the book; the conversations with WKW give the
reader additional insights into the visions of one the most
exciting directors working in cinema today. My highest
"The essential coffee table book for the auteur's fans and aficionados. Wong Kar Wai's saturated images set to lush scores have created unforgettable, atmospheric tone poems that are lovingly captured in [WKW: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai]."