Existence Is Longing: Wong Kar Wai

December 11, 2020–February 28, 2021

This streaming retrospective features recent 4K restorations of films by Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai, works of exquisite beauty, narrative complexity, and sublime emotion.

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  • As Tears Go By

  • Chungking Express

  • Days of Being Wild

  • Fallen Angels

  • The Hand

  • Happy Together

  • In the Mood for Love

  • Ashes of Time Redux

  • 2046

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  • 2046

    Wong Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, 2004

    4K Digital Restoration

    A writer imagines a retro-futurist world where people lose themselves in memory in Wong’s romantic, nostalgia-tinged “echo” of In the Mood for Love, "the summation of the director's lyrical melancholia” (Film Comment). “An incomparably sublime work of art” (Andrew Sarris).

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  • As Tears Go By

    Wong Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, 1988

    4K Digital Restoration

    A low-level hoodlum (Andy Lau) in Hong Kong’s notorious Mong Kok district must choose between a woman (Maggie Cheung) and his hotheaded blood brother in Wong’s stylish debut, “a tragic study of little people in a big city” (Wong).

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  • Ashes of Time Redux

    Wong Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, 1994/2008

    The lonely and the deadly wander, soar, and kill amidst desert sands in Wong’s concussively Day-Glo take on swordsman-style martial arts films, starring Leslie Cheung, Brigitte Lin, Maggie Cheung, and both Tony Leungs. Lush, ethereal, “deliriously beautiful” (Washington Post).

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  • Chungking Express

    Wong Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, 1994

    4K Digital Restoration

    Wong’s love letter to Hong Kong combines separate tales of two cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and their tenuous romantic connections (Brigitte Lin, Faye Wong) in “a film with style to burn” (Los Angeles Times).

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  • Days of Being Wild

    Wong Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, 1990

    4K Digital Restoration

    Wong’s first collaboration with cinematographer Christopher Doyle tracks four desultory romantics (Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau) as they drift through a simmering Hong Kong summer circa 1960. Winner of five Hong Kong Film Awards.

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  • Fallen Angels

    Wong Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, 1995

    4K Digital Restoration

    A disillusioned Hong Kong contract killer falls for his professional partner in Wong’s loose follow-up to Chungking Express, a similar “love letter to Hong Kong nights” (New York Newsday). “Takes every risk known to filmmaking, and succeeds triumphantly” (Sight & Sound).

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  • Happy Together

    Wong Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, 1997

    4K Digital Restoration

    Two gay émigrés from Hong Kong (Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Leslie Cheung) take their embattled relationship to an atmospheric Buenos Aires in Wong’s bruising, yearning tale. “A take-no-prisoners movie that’s the very antithesis of sentimental gay love stories” (Kenneth Turan).

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  • In the Mood for Love

    Wong Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, 2000

    4K Digital Restoration

    Hong Kong superstars Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung Chiu-wai star as emotionally repressed (yet nattily dressed) neighbors in Wong Kar Wai’s melancholy tale of lost romance. Voted second-best film of the twenty-first century in a 2016 BBC poll.

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  • The Hand

    Wong Kar Wai
    Hong Kong, 2004

    4K Digital Restoration

    Wong’s little-seen contribution to the omnibus film Eros (expanded to feature length) showcases the relationship between a smitten young tailor (Chang Chen) and a jaded courtesan (Gong Li). “Visually exquisite and highly erotic” (Jonathan Rosenbaum).

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