In recent years, we’ve seen Ang Lee win the Best Director Oscar for “Life of Pi,” Bong Joon-ho win Best Picture for “Parasite” and Chloe Zhao become the front-runner this year for “Nomadland.”
Paving the way for all of them was Hong Kong native Wong Kar-Wai, perhaps the best Asian filmmaker since Akira Kurosawa (“Rashomon”), Yasujirô Ozu (“Tokyo Story”) and Kenji Mizoguchi (“Ugetsu”).
Joining 1990s contemporaries such as Yimou Zhang (“Raise the Red Lantern”) and Kaige Chen (“Farewell My Concubine”), Kar-Wai quickly became an inspiration for Quentin Tarantino.
This month, the AFI Silver Theatre in Silver Spring, Maryland presents “The World of Wong Kar-Wai,” a virtual series streaming throughout this weekend and beyond (no end date is set yet).
The series previously screened at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, showcasing Janus Films’ brand new 4K restorations produced from the original 35-millimeter negatives.
Access to individual films costs $12, or you can get a full series pass for $70.
Check out the lineup, listed chronologically below with their IMDB loglines: