Wong, Kar–Wai 1958– (Wang Jiawei)

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WONG, KarWai 1958
(Wang Jiawei)

PERSONAL

Name is sometimes transliterated as Wang Gu Wei or Wong Ga Wai; born 1958, in Shanghai, China; raised in Hong Kong; father, a hotel manager; mother, a homemaker; married; children: a son. Education: Studied graphic design at Hong Kong Polytechnic, c. 197980; studied television drama production with Hong Kong Television Broadcasts Ltd., 1980.


Addresses: Manager Paul Schwartzman, Anonymous Content, 8522 National Blvd., Suite 101, Culver City, CA 90232.


Career: Writer, director, and producer. Block 2 Films, Hong Kong, China, founder. Originally worked as a production assistant.


Awards, Honors: Hong Kong Film Award nomination, best screenplay (with others), 1988, for Zui hou yi zhan; Hong Kong Film Award nomination, best director, 1989, for Wong gok ka moon; Hong Kong Film Award, best director, and Hong Kong Film Award nomination, best screenplay, 1991, for A Fei jing juen; Golden Leopard Award nomination, Locarno International Film Festival, and FIPRESCI Award, Stockholm Film Festival, both 1994, Hong Film Award, best director, and Hong Kong Film Award nomination, best screenplay, both 1995, and Independent Spirit Award nomination, best foreign film, 1997, all for Chong qing sen lin; Hong Kong Film Award nominations, best director and best screenplay, and Hong Kong Film Critics Society awards, best director and best screenplay, all 1995, and FantAsia Film Festival Award nomination, best Asian film, 1997, all for Dung che sai duk; Hong Kong Film Award nomination, best director, 1996, for Duo luo tian shi; Cannes Film Festival Award, best director, nomination for Golden Palm, Cannes Film Festival, and nomination for Golden Horse, best director, Golden Horse Film Festival, all 1997, Independent Spirit Award nomination, best foreign film, Hong Kong Film Award nominations, best director and best picture, and Audience Award, most popular foreign film, Arizona International Film Festival, all 1998, all for Cheun gwong tsa sit; Douglas Sirk Award, FilmFest Hamburg, 2000; Screen International Award, European Film Awards, Feature Film Award, International Festival of New Cinema and New Media, nomination for Golden Palm, Cannes Film Festival, and nomination for Golden Spur, Flanders International Film Festival, all 2000, Independent Spirit Award nomination, best foreign film, Cesar Award, best foreign film, Academie des Arts et Techniques du Cinema, Film Award nomination, best film not in the English language, British Academy of Film and Television Arts, British Independent Film Award, best foreignlanguage independent film, New York Film Critics Circle Award, best foreign film, New York Film Critics Circle Online Award, best foreignlanguage film, nomination for David di Donatello Award, best foreign film, Hong Kong Film Critics Society Award, best director, Hong Kong Film Award nominations, best director and best screenplay, German Film Award, best foreign film, Valdivia International Film Festival Award, best film, and Australian Film Institute Award nomination, best foreign film, all 2001, and Silver Condor, best foreign film, Argentinian Film Critics Association, 2002, all for Fa yeung nin wa; nomination for Golden Berlin Bear, best short film, Berlin International Film Festival, 2001, and Bodil Award nomination, best nonAmerican film, 2002, both for Hua yang de nian hua.


CREDITS

Film Director:

(As Wang Jiawei) Wong gok ka moon (also known as As Tears Go By, Carmen of the Streets, Mongkok Carmen, Rexie naner, and Wang jiao ka men ), 1989.

(As Wang Jiawei) A Fei jing juen (also known as Ah Fei's Story, Days of Being Wild, The True Story of Ah Fei, and AFei Tsing Chun ), InGear Film, 1991.

(As Wang Jiawei) Dung che sai duk (also known as Ashes of Time and Dong xie xi du ), HKFM, 1994.

(As Wang Jiawei; and executive producer) Chong qing sen lin (also known as Chungking Express ), Rolling Thunder, 1994.

(As Wang Jiawei; and executive producer) Duo luo tian shi (also known as Fallen Angels and Duoluo tianshi ), Kino International, 1995.

(As Wang Jiawei; and executive producer) Cheun gwong tsa sit (also known as Happy, Happy Together, and Chun guang zha xie ), Golden Harvest, 1997.

(And producer) Fa yeung nin wa (also known as In the Mood for Love and Hua yang nian hua ), 2000, subtitled version, USA Films, 2001.

The Hire: Follow (short film), BMW Films, 2001.

Six Days, Universal International Pictures, 2002.

Eros, 2003.

2046, Buena Vista, 2004.


Film Work; Other:

Executive producer, Sediu yinghung tsun tsi dung sing sai tsau (also known as The Eagle Shooting Heroes, The Eagle Shooting Heroes: Dong Cheng Xi Jiu, and She diao ying xiong zhi dong cheng xi jiu ), 1994.

Producer, Choh chin luen hau dik yi yan sai gaai (also known as First Love: The Litter on the Breeze and Chu chan lian hou de er ren shi jie ), 1997.

Producer, Hua yang de nian hua (short film), Block 2 Pictures, 2000.

Producer, Tian xia wu shuang (also known as Chinese Odyssey 2002 ), Metacinema, 2003.


Film Appearances:

Wong, Meng gui xue tang (also known as The Haunted Cop Shop of Horrors 2 and The Haunted Copshop II ), 1988.

OrientationsChristopher Doyle: Stirred not Shaken, 2000.


WRITINGS

Screenplays:

Long feng zhi duo xing (also known as Intellectual Trio ), 1984.

Shen yong shuang xiang pao xu ji (also known as Rosa ), 1986.

(With Patrick Tam and Tsang Yu) Zui hou sheng li (also known as Final Victory ), 1987.

Zui hou yi zhan (also known as The Final Test ), 1987.

Jiang hu long hu men (also known as Dragon and Tiger Fight and Flaming Brothers ), 1987.

Meng gui cha guan (also known as The Haunted Copshop and The Haunted Cop Shop of Horrors ), 1987.
Meng gui xue tang (also known as The Haunted Cop Shop of Horrors 2 and The Haunted Copshop II ), 1988.

Wong gok ka moon (also known as As Tears Go By, Carmen of the Streets, Mongkok Carmen, Rexie naner, and Wang jiao ka men ), 1989.

A Fei jing juen (also known as Ah Fei's Story, Days of Being Wild, The True Story of Ah Fei, and AFei Tsing Chun ), InGear Film, 1991.

Gauyat sandiu haplui (also known as Saviour of Souls, Saviour of the Soul, Terrible Angel, and Jiu yi shen diao xia lu ), 1991.

Dung che sai duk (also known as Ashes of Time and Dong xie xi du ), HKFM, 1994.

Chong qing sen lin (also known as Chungking Express ), Rolling Thunder, 1994.

Duo luo tian shi (also known as Fallen Angels and Duoluo tianshi ), Kino International, 1995.

Cheun gwong tsa sit (also known as Happy, Happy Together, and Chun guang zha xie ), Golden Harvest, 1997.

Fa yeung nin wa (also known as In the Mood for Love and Hua yang nian hua ), 2000, subtitled version, USA Films, 2001.

2046, Buena Vista, 2004.

Television Series:

Don't Look Now, HKTV (Hong Kong), 1981.


OTHER SOURCES

Periodicals:

Chicago Tribune, March 27, 1996, p. 7.

Film Comment, JanuaryFebruary, 1996, p. 12.

Interview, February, 1998, pp. 4648; February, 2001, p. 96.

Sight and Sound, September, 1995.