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THE WORLD OF WONG KAR WAI

December & January Virtual Screenings

With his lush and sensual visuals, pitch-perfect soundtracks, and soulful romanticism, Wong Kar Wai has established himself as one of the defining auteurs of contemporary cinema. Joined by key collaborators such as cinematographer Christopher Doyle, editor and production and costume designer William Chang, and actors Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, Wong (or WKW, as he is often known) has enraptured audiences and critics worldwide and inspired countless other filmmakers with his movies’ poetic moods, narrative and stylistic daring, and potent themes of alienation and memory. Whether tragically romantic, soaked in blood, or quirkily comedic, the films in this retrospective are an invitation into the unique and wistful world of a deeply influential artist.

The Trylon Cinema is pleased to be selected by Janus Films as the exclusive Twin Cities venue presenting these films in brand-new 4K restorations. Tickets are on sale now for streaming beginning December 12th. If conditions allow, we will present live screenings at the Trylon Cinema in January 2021. Virtual tickets are $12 per household, or $70 for the complete series. Ticket revenue directly supports the Trylon Cinema.

Series pass: https://wkwtrylon.eventive.org/passes/buy

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Upcoming Films in this Series

December 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021

AS TEARS GO BY

(1988, 102m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) Wong Kar Wai’s debut feature is a hypercool crime thriller graced with flashes of the impressionistic, daydream visual style for which he would become renowned. Set amid Hong Kong’s ruthless, neon-lit gangland underworld, this operatic saga of ambition, honor, and revenge stars Andy Lau as a small-time mob enforcer who finds himself torn between a burgeoning romance with his ailing cousin (Maggie Cheung, in the first of her iconic collaborations with the director) and…

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December 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021

DAYS OF BEING WILD

(1990, 94m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) The first film in a loosely connected, ongoing cycle that includes In the Mood for Love and 2046, this ravishing existential reverie is a dreamlike drift through the Hong Kong of the 1960s in which a band of wayward twentysomethings— including a disaffected playboy (Leslie Cheung) searching for his birth mother, a lovelorn woman (Maggie Cheung) hopelessly enamored with him, and a policeman (Andy Lau) caught in the middle of their turbulent relationship. The…

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December 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021

CHUNGKING EXPRESS

(1994, 102m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) The whiplash, double-pronged Chungking Express is one of the defining works of 1990s cinema and the film that made Wong Kar Wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant stand, where the ethereal pixie waitress Faye (Faye Wong) works. $12/household streaming Streaming is provided by Eventive. Streams can be viewed on PCs, Macs, Android tablets and…

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December 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021

FALLEN ANGELS

(1995, 99m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) Originally conceived as a segment of Chungking Express only to spin off on its own axis, Fallen Angels plays like the dark, moody flip side of its iconic predecessor as it charts the subtly interlacing fates of a handful of urban loners, including a coolly detached hit man (Leon Lai) looking to go straight; his business partner (Michelle Reis), who secretly yearns for him; and a mute delinquent (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who wreaks mischief by…

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December 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021

HAPPY TOGETHER

(1997, 96m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) One of the most searing romances of the 1990s, Wong Kar Wai’s emotionally raw, lushly stylized portrait of a relationship in breakdown casts Hong Kong superstars Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung as a couple traveling through Argentina and locked in a turbulent cycle of infatuation and destructive jealousy. Setting out to depict the dynamics of a queer relationship with empathy and complexity on the cusp of the 1997 handover of Hong Kong—when the country’s…

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December 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021

IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE

(2000, 99m, Cantonese w/ English subtitles) Hong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite—until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar Wai’s In the Mood for Love is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments. With its aching soundtrack and exquisitely abstract cinematography by Christopher Doyle and…

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December 12, 2020 - January 31, 2021

THE HAND

(2004, 56m, Mandarin w/ English subtitles, Director's Cut) The Hand is set in the hazy Hong Kong of the 1960s. Originally conceived for the omnibus film Eros, the film—presented in this retrospective for the first time in its extended cut—tells the tale of Zhang (Chang Chen), a shy tailor’s assistant enraptured by a mysterious client, Miss Hua (Gong Li). A hypnotic tale of obsession, repression, and class divisions, The Hand finds Wong Kar Wai continuing to transition from the frenetic,…

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