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WONG KAR WAI

April at the Trylon

Straddling the 1997 handoff of Hong Kong from Great Britain to China, Wong Kar Wai’s career has defined the Hong Kong New Wave. His films are unabashedly beautiful and undeniably essential. Years in the making, we are thrilled to present this retrospective of his most important works.

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Starts Fri, April 2

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

(2000, DCP, 98m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) w/Tony Leung, Maggie Cheung. Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Leung) and Su Li-zhen (Cheung) move into adjacent apartments on the same day, only to discover their spouses are having an affair. Deliriously beautiful and full of longing, Mood is a nearly perfect film. FRI 7:00 SAT 9:30 SUN 3:00 5:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, April 2

2046

(2004, 35mm, 129m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) w/Tony Leung, Maggie Ziyi Zhang, Faye Wong, Li Gong. This spiritual successor to In the Mood for Love, set in 1960s Hong Kong and Singapore, follows sci-fi writer Zhou Mo Wan (Leung) as he hopes to recapture a love that he left behind. Using three colors almost exclusively and shifting across time, Director Wong’s exceptional film is expertly controlled. FRI 9:00 SAT/SUN 7:00

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Starts Fri, April 9

DAYS OF BEING WILD

(1990, DCP, 94m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) w/Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau. The first film in the spiritual trilogy of Mood and 2046, this dreamlike drift through 1960s Hong Kong spies on Yuddy (Leslie Cheung) as he searches for his birth-mother. Days was Wong’s first film with cinematographer Christopher Doyle. FRI 7:00 SAT 9:00 SUN/MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, April 9

FALLEN ANGELS

(1995, DCP, 99m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) w/Leon Lai, Michelle Reis, Takeshi Kaneshiro. Originally conceived as a segment of Chungking Express, it became an unbridled story of its own about a hitman (Lai) and his partner (Reis). FRI 9:00 SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00 5:00

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Starts Fri, April 16

AS TEARS GO BY

(1988, DCP, 102m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) w/Andy Lau, Maggie Cheung, Jacky Cheung. Wong’s first feature is a thriller, in the vein of Hong Kong crime film contemporaries. The difference is Wong’s incomparable style of story-telling and sense of mood. FRI 7:00 SAT 8:30 SUN 6:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, April 16

THE HAND

(2004, DCP, 56m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) w/Chang Chen, Gong Li. The Hand tells the tale of tailor Zhang (Chen) and his obsession with his client Miss Hua (Li). Originally released within a three-part film, Eros, it is presented for the first time in its extended cut. FRI 9:00 SAT 7:00 SUN 3:00 4:30

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Starts Fri, April 23

HAPPY TOGETHER

(1997, DCP, 96m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) w/Leslie Cheung, Tony Leung, Chen Chang. Released the same year as the handover of Hong Kong, Happy depicts couple Ho Po-wing (Cheung) and Lai Yiu-fai (Leung) as they travel through Argentina, and their relationship falls apart. A landmark in Queer Cinema. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:00 SUN 3:00 5:00 7:00 MON/TUE 7:00

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Starts Fri, April 30

CHUNGKING EXPRESS

(1994, DCP, 102m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) w/Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung, Faye Wong. Two heart-sick Hong Kong cops (Kaneshiro and Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out stand, where Faye (Wong) works. Truly one of the defining works of 1990s cinema, it made Wong Kar Wai an icon. FRI/SAT 7:00 9:15 SUN 3:00 5:15 7:30 MON/TUE 7:00

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