- Hardcover: 304 pages
- Publisher: Rizzoli (April 19, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847846172
- ISBN-13: 978-0847846177
- Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 1.3 x 12.4 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 15 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The highlight of [WKW: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wei] for me is the superbly gorgeous photographs and film stills, some 250 in total, all neatly collected in this beautiful hard cover volume. . . the huge collection of film stills and photographs alone is worth the price of the book; the conversations with WKW give the reader additional insights into the visions of one the most exciting directors working in cinema today. My highest recommendations."
"The essential coffee table book for the auteur's fans and aficionados. Wong Kar Wai's saturated images set to lush scores have created unforgettable, atmospheric tone poems that are lovingly captured in [WKW: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai]."
About the Author
John Powers is a writer and film critic. Powers covers film and politics for Vogue and Vogue.com and is the pop-culture critic and critic-at-large on NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. His work has appeared in numerous publications, including Harper’s, The Nation, Gourmet, the Washington Post, The New York Times, and L.A. Weekly, where he spent twelve years as a critic and columnist.
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But this isn't what I'd call a coffee table book/photobook. It isn't something I'd let guests pick up and flip through. I'd have to trust they wouldn't ruin it.
The 'essays' by Powers are well-written and fun to read. The conversations/interviews with Wong Kar Wai are better and worth reading multiple times.
You should own this if you love Wong Kar Wai. Would make a great gift.
John Powers interviewed WKW like Truffaut did Hitchcock, and you do learn a lot more behind-the-scene stories of how WKW, his then cinematographer Christopher Doyle, art director William Chang, survived the glory yet commercialised HK cinema. He also explained how the look of all his movies came to be.
(My favourite anecdote will always be how Tony Leung was 'mislead' into a gay love making scene, and regretting not going 'all in' years later.)
Definitely a revelation to how Wong Kar Wai became WKW.
This is a text heavy book and not as picturesque as I imagined. It starts with Powers' own summary of the book, which spanned perhaps 30% of the book before getting into the actual interviews.
Hence my slight annoyance when content repeats itself.