Talk:Wong Kar-wai

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Family name[edit]

WONG is the family name. I think this should be indicated. eysiz

It was decided the wikipedia not to follow a consistent notation for Chinese names. In the recent articles on Olympics, names of the Chinese athletes were presented the Chinese way or the American way arbituarily with no indication on which is the family name. Since the concept of "last name" does not mean much outside of the US and some Western culture, the assumption of family name = last name is bogus. I suggested here couple years ago that wikipedia needed to adopt the international standard of writing family names in ALL CAPs like in the CIA's The World factbook. The idea was shot down. The confusion continued, but at lease it was a decided that way. Kowloonese 22:16, 3 Sep 2004 (UTC)

I think that's a good idea.. this way we'd be able to use the Chinese order while still indicating the family name for western readers... eysiz.

May 7, 2005 edits[edit]

Hope nobody minds my barging in on someone else's fine start and scribbling all over it. I just thought some more discussion of Wong's characteristics and themes as a filmmaker was needed, especially since there was a reference to Wong's "unique style" but no description of what that style might consist of.

A couple questions:

1) Wasn't ITMFL shot largely in Bangkok, not Macau? I know that at least a lot of it was shot in Bangkok.

Yes, probably the intended Beijing scenes were moved to Macau, not the entire movie

2) And I'm pretty sure that Wong wasn't really "one of the first film-makers in Hong Kong to establish his own independent production company." Tsui Hark, for one, did it in 1984 with Film Workshop. I think Shaw Brothers star director Li Han Hsiang moved to Taiwan and set up his own company in the '60s, although it sank like a stone.

One of the few maybe? Btw, nice job, on HK cinema article also :-) --Ajshm 10:05, 7 May 2005 (UTC)

Michael Wells 06:09, 7 May 2005 (UTC)

Thanks for the feedback re. the main HK cinema page, Ajshm - nice to know somebody's reading.
Re: ITMFL and the move away from Beijing. I dunno. I thought that move was also at least partly because, in typical WKW fashion, the story was evolving away from its initial, contemporary, Beijing setting. But I'm not sure. Sometime soon I'll recheck the documentary material on my Criterion Collection DVD and see what they say about that.
Mainly I think it's a bit of IMDB trivia that's been circulating on the net because that the sort of thing people are interested in, the PRC oppressing poor artists. But actually I managed to find a link to an interview I read that might explain it. The intervie also sheds some light on his working methods --Ajshm 21:59, 8 May 2005 (UTC)
The first of these was supposed to be Summer in Beijing, starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, but
we couldn't reach an agreement about filming in Beijing with the China Film Bureau and so
we had to give up. But the actors were still on-side, and I didn't want to let the project die.
My first idea was to go ahead with Summer in Beijing - with 'Beijing' now being a restaurant
in Macau.

Re: directors with indie production companies. I keep thinking of others. Wong Jing has two. Peter Chan and a few others set up United Filmmakers Organization (UFO). Johnnie To and Wai Ka-fai set up Milkyway Image Productions. I actually think that's pretty common in the modern era, as it is in Hollywood. I'm altering the sentence accordingly.
Michael Wells 20:20, 8 May 2005 (UTC)


"lead actress Maggie Cheung famously compared the lengthy shoot to a cold she couldn't get rid of"

this was ITML not Ashes of Time, right?


I've been told by a couple of chinese friends that his name should be pronounced Wong Gar Wee. Can anyone confirm/explain this? Thx

Not sure how good your Cantonese romanisation is (and I prefer the Yale Romanization of Cantonese), but I've linked some wav files here so you can hear exactly how his name is pronounced. WòhngWaih. Hong Qi Gong 04:49, 26 February 2006 (UTC)

Removed dead links[edit]

/Ajshm 15:18, 23 August 2005 (UTC)/

Chinese Names[edit]

Added Chinese names next to the English names of some of the actors, actresses, and films mentioned in the article. This is for those who may be more familiar with those people's and films' Chinese names, and also to eliminate some ambiguity, because some actors and actresses have the same English names. For example, there are two "Tony Leung" and two "Maggie Cheung". Hong Qi Gong 04:29, 26 February 2006 (UTC)

2046 pic wrong caption +[edit]

in the 2046 benind the scene picture, the guy in the middle is not William Cheung. btw, re: ITMFL, most scene was shot in Hong Kong - the apartment(in TST district), the hotel(an ex-hospital), the alley(now demolished, in off-Central district), the restaurant(in Causeway Bay district, same one as in 2046, now they have a "2046 set dinner for 2" on the menu, charging HK$204.6); certain street scenes and the newspaper office where tony leung works (also breifly reappeared in 2046) is in thailand, still there near chinatown.

Dark Sunglasses...relevant?[edit]

I'm wondering whether "He often wears dark sunglasses" is really a suitable piece of information to go in the introductory paragraph. --Tyrant007 19:16, 30 October 2006 (UTC)

Birth date[edit]

Are there any sources of the fact, that Kar-wai was born on Julu 17, 1958? Yahoo! movies contended that he was born November 30, 1957 — fatal_exception ?! 23:27, 11 January 2007 (UTC)

Fair use images[edit]

Hi, we can't use fair use images of a DVD to illustrate the director's article. That's not narrow enough to satisfy WP:FU. Thanks. --Butseriouslyfolks 07:07, 23 June 2007 (UTC)


Wong's current nostalgic artsy style took shape... One just wanders what pop vulgarian added that bit on... (talk) 15:04, 15 November 2009 (UTC)

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Standard name capitalization[edit]

The current article freely mixes upper- and lower-case versions of the filmmaker's name: Wong Kar-Wai and Wong Kar-wai.

  • Variety uses the final lower capitalization - Wong Kar-wai
  • Hollywood Reporter mostly uses the final upper capitalization: Wong Kar Wai
  • The Academy of Arts and Sciences (Oscars) also uses the final upper version: Wong Kar Wai

Do we have any consensus or definitive source for the Western version? We should make this consistent throughout the article.--GimmeChoco44 (talk) 14:11, 13 August 2019 (UTC)

Criterion also uses the lowercase hyphenated version "Wong Kar-wai". Since there have been no objections since August, looks like we'll move forward with this version. - Wong Kar-wai --GimmeChoco44 (talk) 05:49, 26 January 2020 (UTC)

Happy Together and “LGBT” Films in Hong Kong[edit]

The description currently reads: “[Wong] was keen to present the relationship as ordinary and universal, as he felt Hong Kong's previous LGBT films had not.” However, the initialism “LGBT” does not appear in the sourced interview. Rather, both Wong and the interviewer refer specifically to homosexuality in Hong Kong cinema. Wong also uses the phrase “gay film.” I will wait a few days before making the edit in order to give other editors who might object an opportunity to respond. Flyhurter (talk) 07:20, 25 January 2020 (UTC)

Best to go with the sourced interview, so long as the terms are included in a quote. if you're not going to use an exact quote, you can add a note to the description instead for clarification.--GimmeChoco44 (talk) 05:52, 26 January 2020 (UTC)