A Companion to Wong Kar-Wai (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)

A Companion to Wong Kar-Wai (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)

By: Martha P. Nochimson (editor)Hardback

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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. * 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

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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: www.marthapnochimson.com.


Notes on Contributors ix Acknowledgments xv Part One Introduction Wong Kar-wai: Invoking the Universal and the Local 3 Martha P. Nochimson Part Two Mapping Wong s Liminality 1 Transnational Wong 23 Ken Provencher 2 It is a Restless Moment: Wong Kar-wai and the Phenomenology of Flow 47 Joseph G. Kickasola 3 Wong Kar-wai and his jiang hu 80 Berenice Reynaud Part Three Thresholds of Texture and Mood 4 Wong Kar-wai s Cinema of Repetition 115 Ackbar Abbas 5 Wong Kar-wai: The Optics of the Virtual 135 Angelo Restivo 6 Color Design in the Cinema of Wong Kar-wai 153 Shohini Chaudhuri 7 The Value of Re-exports: Wong Kar-wai s Use of Pre-existing Soundtracks 182 Giorgio Biancorosso Part Four In the Corridors of History and Culture 8 Wong s Ladies from Shanghai 207 Gina Marchetti 9 The Sinophone Cinema of Wong Kar-wai 232 Audrey Yue 10 New Queer Angles on Wong Kar-wai 250 Helen Hok-Sze Leung 11 Pity about the furniture : Violence, Wong Kar-wai Style 272 Karen Fang 12 In the Mood for Food: Wong Kar-wai s Culinary Imaginary 295 Mike Ingham and Matthew Kwok-kin Fung 13 Chungking Express, Tarantino, and the Making of a Reputation 319 David Desser Part Five Close-up of Wong s Inflections of Time and Space 14 Chungking Express: Slow Images Ahead 347 Raymond Bellour (translated by Allyn Hardyck) 15 Wong Kar-wai: The Actor, Framed 353 Joe McElhaney 16 Infidelity and the Obscure Object of History 378 Vivian P.Y. Lee 17 Metonymy, Mneme, and Anamnesis in Wong Kar-wai 397 Thorsten Botz-Bornstein Part Six Focus on Individual Films 18 Serial, Sequelae, and Postcolonial Nostalgia: Wong Kar-wai s 1960s Hong Kong Trilogy 419 Yiman Wang 19 We Can t Go On Not Meeting Like This: Fallen Angels and Wong s Intertextuality 438 Martha P. Nochimson 20 The Third Reality: In the Mood for Love 462 Michel Chion (translated by Claudia Gorbman) 21 Cinephiliac Engagement and the Disengaged Gaze in In the Mood for Love 467 Yomi Braester 22 Wong s America, North and South: My Blueberry Nights and Happy Together 485 Ken Provencher 23 Queer Utopias in Wong Kar-wai s Happy Together 508 Carlos Rojas 24 Wong Kar-wai s Genre Practice and Romantic Authorship: The Cases of Ashes of Time Redux and The Grandmaster 522 Stephen Teo 25 Wong Kar-wai, Auteur and Adaptor: Ashes of Time and In The Mood for Love 540 Wai-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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  • publication date: 19/01/2016
  • ISBN13: 9781118424247
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 648
  • ID: 9781118424247
  • weight: 1340
  • ISBN10: 1118424247

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