One Hour Intro: Wong Kar-Wai and the Hong Kong Star System

This illustrated talk explores the films of Wong Kar-Wai in relation to the Hong Kong star system. In employing the industry’s biggest commercial stars, such as Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Wong’s films do not have an opposing relationship, but a complementary one, to mainstream Hong Kong cinema. The discussion will focus mainly on the re-release of Ashes of Time, but will draw on Wong’s other films.

Led by Felicia Chan, RCUK Fellow in Film, Media and Transnational Cultures, with the Research Institute for Cosmopolitan Cultures and the Centre for Screen Studies, University of Manchester.