Wong Kar Wai gathers the prettiest faces in entertainment for his first English-language flick MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS!!!
Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. We all know Wong Kar Wai has made some beautiful films... his recent 2046 is an example of the way he looks at the world. Now he's putting in some of the most beautiful people in the business in these worlds of his... They include Jude Law (quite possibly the most good looking person I have ever met), Natalie Portman (scratch that Jude Law comment) and Rachel Weisz, who is perhaps the cutest actress to ever appear on the silver screen. They star alongside the already announced Norah Jones.
The film is supposed to be a romantic comedy about a young woman (Jones) who travels across America looking for the true meaning of love and runs into some crazy personalities along the way. I'm not sure how involved Law, Portman and Weisz will be... could be major characters or just random strangers met along the way. Either way, I loved Mike Nichols' CLOSER and how Portman and Law worked with each other there. Can't wait to see this one... It starts shooting this summer.
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May 23, 2006, 2:20 a.m. CST
and see if he can do to the West what he did for the East. I agree, those are some beautiful people, but Norah Jones? Is she on board to haul-in the milquetoast market? Hell, what's next, are Dido and Jamie Cullum gonna be starring in Pimp my Ride: The Movie? The world is over. Naw just kidding, this sounds quite good, America needs some new perspectives like Jarmusch to show them how things are.
May 23, 2006, 2:21 a.m. CST
I've been catching up on his films lately. 2046 and In the Mood For Love are great. Chunking Express is amazing as well. Cannot wait for this.
May 23, 2006, 2:21 a.m. CST
...in 2046. Faye Wong and Zhang Ziyi. That is a cute combo of such epic proportions it not likely to be rivaled in our lifetime.
May 23, 2006, 2:23 a.m. CST
...and that they said they would never work togther again. Is that true? Or am I just talking bullshit? Someone let me know.
May 23, 2006, 2:42 a.m. CST
"Watch Me Jump the Shark"
May 23, 2006, 2:43 a.m. CST
...How about gathering together some good actors? Of course not. I'm such an idiot.
May 23, 2006, 2:48 a.m. CST
by Buster Gonads
Doyle was at a film festival in Bangkok and a friend of mine met and had a long chat with him. No indication that he and Kar Wai are not working together again.
May 23, 2006, 2:53 a.m. CST
He did that in 2046.
May 23, 2006, 3:22 a.m. CST
That's the question here.
May 23, 2006, 3:48 a.m. CST
I knew he was supposed to be doing Lady from Shanghai with WKW. If you look Khonji up on IMDB it says that he's also doing Blueberry Nights. I think it's a good choice and I think Khonji is a better cinematographer than Doyle. Most of what makes WKW's films so great is down to his actual direction. If you look at As Tears Go By -his only movie not featuring Doyle- it still features most of his style. Also 2046 and In the Mood for Love had multiple cinematographers and -I think- are better movies for this. Without Doyle and with Khonji I think WKW will make better movies!
May 23, 2006, 3:54 a.m. CST
May 23, 2006, 5:57 a.m. CST
As an end to my film studies degree at university, I've just written a dissertation on Wong Kar-wai, so I've been pretty immersed in his work recently! It's going to be interesting to see just how he approaches a film which is not either set in Hong Kong, or informed heavily by the culture and politics of that place. To me, Wong is the definitive Hong Kong director, and until now, the only major international success which had not re-located. However, I suppose 2046 marked an end to Wong's relationship with Hong Kong, being as reflective and retrospective of his previous work as it was, so I think it's good that he is ready to challenge himself.
May 23, 2006, 6:47 a.m. CST
FILMMAKER: I heard that you are not going to be shooting Wong Kar-wai
May 23, 2006, 7:10 a.m. CST
2046 has got to be one of the most visually static movies ever made....Hooooly crap...(Okay, I still like CHUNGKING EXPRESS, though...)
May 23, 2006, 8:41 a.m. CST
I want Doyle on this...
May 23, 2006, 8:41 a.m. CST
visually static? _2046_? more like rapturously cinematic. are you sure you didn't watch a casvettes film? of course, all wong's work is narratively static. incidentally, sepp k., i once met norah jones in person and still weep from he imapct of her loveliness in every respect. as long as diana krall does not star in _cribs -- the new musical_, i think we're in good shape...
May 23, 2006, 9:46 a.m. CST
Let's just hope he can make the transition with ease, and not go all John Woo on us. Of course, it's WKW and he's hopefully working with people who dig what he does and are tuned into his sensibility. And I much prefer Doyle to Khondji - which is just like, my opinion, man - but his raw, yet ethereal style shows up even when he's not working with WKW. He shot HERO, right - and the difference between the visuals in that and then in Zhang Yimou's HOUSE OF FLYING DAGGERS the next year was fairly staggering. Doyle's work on THE QUIET AMERICAN was fantastic, and he brought his A-game to MADE too. I remember his directorial debut being cool, too - very much in the WKW vein.
May 23, 2006, 9:59 a.m. CST
May 23, 2006, 10:32 a.m. CST
by Harry Weinstein
...was THE FOLLOW, the BMW short from 2001. Can't wait for this. I won't say the man can do no wrong, but even his relative failures are more interesting than many director's successes.
May 23, 2006, 11:59 a.m. CST
by Gay Jesus Christ
The best metaphysical director alive really. His movie is like reality set in dreams. The only bad thing is that he never works from a script and sometimes if he's not keen he loses track like 2046. The dude just got the French legion of Honor for his film work. That's crazy! Imagine Tony Leung and Nicole kidman in lady from shanghai. That's gonna rock.
May 23, 2006, 12:07 p.m. CST
by Gay Jesus Christ
With Wkw he has a definitive gritty style. IT's a grainy beautiful style that emphasizes bright green, cool blue and crimson red and extreme yellow. He loves that yellow tint. WIth other directors he's indistinguishable from peter pau. If you told me House of flying daggers was c-photo'd by peter pau I'd believe it. and when doyle did MADE with Vince Vaughn and Jon Favreau I couln't even believe it was his work. Doyle definitely needs WKW. I want to see how WKW does without him.
May 23, 2006, 2:50 p.m. CST
CHUNGKING EXPRESS, which put a smile on my face like no other film except for David Byrne's TRUE STORIES, and IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE, which I felt was lacking a little, although I want to see it again. I want to see more, and finally check out some Hou Hsiao-hsien...
May 23, 2006, 5:09 p.m. CST
Xiaoding Zhao was the cinematographer on House of Flying Daggers, not Doyle. Doyle was the cinematographer on Hero, which was directed by Yimou Zhang, not WKW. WKW and Doyle work well together, but the idea that Doyle is a non-talent without WKW is wrong. Regardless, I'm looking forward to this film.
May 23, 2006, 8:56 p.m. CST
I just got tired of seeing that same composition with Tony Leung CW et al , from the shoulders up, standing next to a gloomy doorway.=p But to each his own.
May 23, 2006, 8:58 p.m. CST
May 23, 2006, 9:44 p.m. CST
by Gay Jesus Christ
oh, someone commented that doyle did HOD. My bad. but regardless. Hero looked like a peter Pau helmed film too. I've seen almost every Doyle DP'd film without WKW and was really surpised when I see his name in the credits cause it doesn't look like his work. It's not that he's a non-talent, it's that he's less remarkable without WKW. I'd love to see WKW work with John Mathieson or Janusz Kaminski
May 24, 2006, 4:02 a.m. CST
Well, I've read several interviews where Doyle's said he doesn't see his function on a film to come and impose his "signature" on a movie, but to figure out how to translate the director's visual ideas. That's not to say he's a hired gun, he just has a different conception of the role of the DP to the Hollywood norm. And I think it's fair to say that Wong Kar Wai is an interesting paradox: He comes to a movie with very specific visual ideas, but his approach to narrative is *ahem* as close to improvisation as makes no odds - which Doyle - and pretty much every actor WKW has ever worked with - admits to finding frustrating. It seems every time Doyle and WKW work together there's reports of screaming rows on the set, and vows they'll never work again. But he DP'd WKW's segment in 'Eros' after '2048'...
May 24, 2006, 10:14 a.m. CST
by heywood jablomie
....called, of course, "Boo Berry Nights."
May 24, 2006, 2:17 p.m. CST
by Vincent Gecko
Just curious and not trying to be a dick: I was wondering how Happy Together fit in to your dissertation of WKW being all about HK. Isn't South America as different from HK as North America?
May 24, 2006, 5:41 p.m. CST
Hero was the most pretentious chinese film with the worst dialogue. I didn't even buy that movie and I feel cheated. Visually, it was filmed pretty well (except thoughI did not hate that they used different colours to distinct the separent versions of the story, but I hated his employment of the colours...) But what he needs is better material and a better editor. Or someone with a better sense about flow in a movie.
May 25, 2006, 9:01 a.m. CST
pardonnez-moi -- you can understand, probably better than myself, why i presume it's all guys, all the time on this site. anyways, repetition is not stasis -- brian eno: "repetition is a form of change" -- and how lucky for sifu kar-wai. i also found the cgi, being utterly gratutious given the storyline, to be all the more gorgeous and compelling, like i never have for any pixar film. & then, bien sur, la ziyi...well, see above in re: guys. finally, i saw _mood for love_ prior to a root canal and, dear g-d do i ever NOT recommend wong kar-wai films to those in chronic, agonizing pain. oh, no. no, no. no. but i heard so many good things about _2046_, and was mindful of the presence of z.z., i did my pilgrimage to 42nd st. everytime i want to see an "art" film in a huge theater with an audience that may not be ideally disposed to such art (they weren't). and it was extraordinary. goes to show/you don't ever know. i also recommend graham fuller's essay on the iconic still of z.z. from _2046_. read it now...or later...or not at all...: http://tinyurl.com/9qa27
May 25, 2006, 6:55 p.m. CST
by Gay Jesus Christ
Happy together was actually about Bizarro HK. Since the subject matter was about homosexuality. WKW said that Homosexuality was like the other side of the world so he set it in the place that was geographically the opposite of HK - Argentina.
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