Existence Is Longing: Wong Kar-wai

Starts December 11

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

Read full description
  • As Tears Go By

  • Chungking Express

  • Days of Being Wild

  • Fallen Angels

  • The Hand

  • Happy Together

  • In the Mood for Love

  • Upcoming
    Films
  • Past
    Films
  • Past
    Events

Available Films

  • As Tears Go By

    Wong Kar-wai
    Hong Kong, 1988

    4K Digital Restoration
    Available December 11

    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).

    View Details
  • Chungking Express

    Wong Kar-wai
    Hong Kong, 1994

    4K Digital Restoration
    Available December 11

    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).

    View Details
  • Days of Being Wild

    Wong Kar-wai
    Hong Kong, 1990

    4K Digital Restoration
    Available December 11

    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.

    View Details
  • Fallen Angels

    Wong Kar-wai
    Hong Kong, 1995

    4K Digital Restoration
    Available December 11

    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).

    View Details
  • Happy Together

    Wong Kar-wai
    Hong Kong, 1997

    4K Digital Restoration
    Available December 11

    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).

    View Details
  • In the Mood for Love

    Wong Kar-wai
    Hong Kong, 2000

    4K Digital Restoration
    Available December 11

    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.

    View Details
  • The Hand

    Wong Kar-wai
    Hong Kong, 2004

    4K Digital Restoration
    Available December 11

    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).

    View Details