I just binge watch two Wong Ka Wai’s film in the name of work. Yes all the shit research I do to escape the ACTUAL work.
In the Mood of Love is beautiful. But yar that is it. to me is just beautiful. Great colours great song great acting great everything technical. Maybe I am too low to get all the subtle cinematic hints but yar besides beautiful I can’t feel anything else. Just like 一代宗師. Is just.. beautiful. candy to the senses.
But omg. ChungKing Express. Seriously everyone should watch ChungKing Express. IT IS SO GREAT I FEEL LIKE CRYING NOW. First of all I am very amazed that this movie doesn’t seem like a 1994 movies AT ALL. The only reminder is the old technology like the dial phones and pagers and writing letters but hey with all the hype about retro these days, modern films like to set themselves in this era too. The colours is great, the music is wonderful, and OMG 金城武原來真的很帥林青霞真的很有味道梁朝偉真的很帥王菲真的很美還很會唱歌。Though the plot is kind of disconnected and the dialogues are rather random, it feels coherent as a whole. So absurd but somehow it all make sense. and is funny! yes it IS a comedy, it is funny in a quiet way and I like it! Especially the second story with 梁朝偉 and 王菲.
梁朝偉is a cop and he frequents the food store 王菲 works in. So one day 梁朝偉 breaks up with his girlfriend and she leaves a letter with his house keys at the food store. (sounds like the 90s way of breaking up on whatsapp) 王菲 who has a secret crush on 梁朝偉, decides to BREAK into his house everyday during her lunch and changes his house deco bits by bits. And 梁朝偉 doesn’t realise it until like, very late. Yes this totally a scary stalker story on hindsight. And 梁朝偉 totally doesn’t qualify as a cop if he can’t even spot his toothbrush being changed. but instead of a thriller mystery tone (which the first story is), the director decides to tell the story in a light hearted manner. with a constant play of folk rock song California Dreamin’. And now the song is looping in my head. by the way, 王菲 is so cute so cute so damn damn cute you will allow her to stalk you. Can totally understand why 梁朝偉 didn’t arrest her. and yes I am liking her outfit even though is so 90s.
And though light-hearted there is still the signature Wong Ka Wai’s melancholy. Afterall the film is about loneliness and alienation in a city. But unlike his other films which are like, “we are sad and we are very sad our face all spells very sad”, the characters handle the sadness with silliness and absurdity. which is more real. Because who in real life will really show our sad faces day to day? don’t we all mask ourselves with some kind of a smile?
I sort of understand why this movie didn’t sell back then. Because it was 20 years ahead of its time. The storytelling, the characterisation, the camera movement, the humour, everything.
Maybe Wong Kar Wai should make more romantic comedy instead of serious love affairs shit.
Here is the movie’s mv. seriously, 王菲 voice is really very amazing.