Wong Kar Wai

July 2021

Wong Kar Wai is cinema’s most evocative master of bittersweet romance.



‘Love is all a matter of timing. It’s no good meeting the right person too soon or too late’

With his exquisite stories of lost love, loneliness and the burden of regret, auteur Wong Kar Wai has created some of the most achingly romantic films in modern cinema. Using breathtaking visuals and non-linear narratives, he builds ravishing, dreamlike worlds full of saturated colours, introspective voiceovers and characters burning with repressed longing. These mesmerising meditations on desire, time and memory have made him one of the most influential directors working today. Our career-spanning retrospective, which features new restorations of his best-loved classics, provides a great opportunity to allow yourself to be captivated once again by his beguiling filmography. His work reminds us that there’s always beauty even in our heartache and despair, embracing it is where you’ll find the real poetry.

Ann Lee, season programmer

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Visit Youtube.com/bfi for a dizzying tour in the World Of Wong Kar Wai, guided by season programmer Ann Lee.

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