Here comes the shocking truth: Quentin Tarantino introduced me to the work of Wong Kar-Wai. Years ago he curated a small line of DVDs under his Rolling Thunder Pictures imprint bringing exploitation flix like Switchblade Sisters and Kar-Wai’s gem Chungking Express to a wider audience. He only released a couple of DVDs and due to poor sales had to stop doing so. But thanks to Mr. Tarantino I watched my first film with cinematography by Christoper Doyle.
Wong Kar-Wai’s films wouldn’t be the same without the dreamy pictures with vivid bokeh by Doyle. In this short clip, he shows why neon lights are awesome and give us an in-depth look into the aesthetics of filmmaking. Watching these clips makes me want to re-watch Chungking Express all over again. Still one of my all-time classics. Too bad the Criterion version is out of print. It was released back in December 2008.
I still remember how I ordered all of the first Criterion Blu-Rays back then and got them for Christmas together with a shiny white (let’s call it ceramic white) Japanese PS3. Pure bliss. Now we only need some Anime among all the Japanese classics by Kurasawa and Suzuki in the collection. May I recommend A letter to momo?!