The World of Wong Kar Wai

Ravishing visions from cinema’s master of bittersweet romance.

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 selection of key works, 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.

This collection includes seven brand-new 4K restorations, five of which have been overseen by Wong Kar Wai himself.

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In the Mood for LoveIn the Mood for Love

Drama2000100 minsDirector: Wong Kar Wai

Wong’s masterpiece is a heartbreaking story of illicit love that pulses with the ache and agony of repressed desire.

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Fantasy2004129 minsDirector: Wong Kar Wai

A sequel of sorts to In The Mood For Love, 2046 delves into the pain of romantic heartache and the emotional wreckage it leaves behind.

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Days of Being WildDays of Being Wild

Drama199095 minsDirector: Wong Kar Wai

Leslie Cheung gives a magnificent performance as a rakish playboy in the 1960s searching for identity while callously breaking hearts.

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Chungking ExpressChungking Express

Drama1994103 minsDirector: Wong Kar Wai

Shot off-the-cuff in 23 days, this bright and breezy comedy was Wong’s international breakthrough hit, and it’s not hard to see why.

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Fallen AngelsFallen Angels

Drama199599 minsDirector: Wong Kar Wai

Stylish drama laced with quirky humour that glimmers with the neon magic of Hong Kong at night.

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Happy TogetherHappy Together

Drama199798 minsDirector: Wong Kar Wai

A trip to Buenos Aires reveals the dark side of love as a gay couple (Leung and Cheung) struggle with jealousy, co-dependency and possessiveness as their turbulent relationship falls apart.

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As Tears Go ByAs Tears Go By

Gangster198899 minsDirector: Wong Kar Wai

Wong Kar Wai's atmospheric tale of a disillusioned gangster (Andy Lau) torn between a new love (Maggie Cheung) and old loyalties.

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The GrandmasterThe Grandmaster

Action and Adventure2013109 minsDirector: Wong Kar Wai

Wong Kar-Wai’s lavish martial arts biopic tells the story of Ip Man, the legendary trainer who became Bruce Lee’s mentor.