Wong Kar-wai - Quotes

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Some actors like encouragement. Some actors prefer to have pressure. And sometimes, for some actors, its better to give your comment by silence, because they are so skillful, so gifted, that they understand without talking too much. ---->>>

1936 is a very important year: a golden time for martial arts, right before the Japanese invasion. ---->>>

During shooting, you have the idea, like, of this certain dress on this actress, but it's not to fit, so you have to make all of these alterations and modifications. So in a way, I build the characters with the cast, and it's sort of custom-made, the whole process, and then you have to make all of these adjustments. ---->>>

I'm not coming from film school. I learned cinema in the cinema watching films, so you always have a curiosity. I say, 'Well, what if I make a film in this genre? What if I make this film like this?' ---->>>

I'm not very aware of styles. We never talk about styles before we start shooting, or even during shooting, because I think the film will bring you there. ---->>>

In my first film, we always tried to have a script and work in a normal way, but I was constantly changing things during shooting. Because I worked as a scriptwriter for 10 years, I understood that directors always wanted to change what was originally written, to improve on it. ---->>>

My mother has a very big family in Shanghai, so I have, like, almost 40 cousins, so we stayed together all the time. So by the time I get to Hong Kong, I become the only child and the only one surrounded by adults, you know. ---->>>

Sometimes, when you're on the streets, certain music inspires you, and then you have a vision. But, at the end of the day, it's a synthesis of visions, so you have to think, as a director, of a scene, or how to deliver a line, or how do this visually. ---->>>

I think one day I can make a book about coffee shops in Hong Kong. I spent almost most of my time in coffee shops, in different coffee shops. ---->>>

I'm a big fan of martial arts films, novels and radio programs. ---->>>

I came to Hong Kong when I was five, but we didn't have any relatives in Hong Kong. My mom is a big movie fan, and she watched all kinds of movies, so when I was a kid, basically, we went to watch a movie every day. ---->>>

'Ashes of Time' was my third film, and as a young director at that point, it's not very often that you have the chance to make a big martial arts film, so of course I jumped at this opportunity. ---->>>

Heritage is something martial-arts films don't often talk about. ---->>>

I never studied film formally at school, but as a kid, I spent most of my time in cinemas. ---->>>

Each production has certain circumstances that will bring you to a certain way of making it. It is not intentional, it is not an artistic decision, the way we make films, it is the way we address to our problems. ---->>>

I never had a problem with genre because a genre actually is like a uniform - you put yourself into a certain uniform. But if you dress up in a police officer's uniform, it doesn't mean that you are an officer; it can mean something else. ---->>>

My films are never about what Hong Kong is like, or anything approaching a realistic portrait, but what I think about Hong Kong and what I want it to be. ---->>>

I didn't know anything about martial arts. I'm a big fan, but I never practiced martial arts. ---->>>

I was born in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong the year I was five. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: Chinese
Born: 07-17, 1956
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Occupation: Director
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