|Chinese name: 王家卫
Born: July 17, 1956
From: Shanghai, China
Occupation: Director, screenwriter, producer
Worked with Ziyi: 2 times
Wong Kar-wai is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Days of Being Wild (1990), Ashes of Time (1994), Chungking Express (1994), Fallen Angels (1995), Happy Together (1997), 2046 (2004) and The Grandmaster (2013). His film In the Mood for Love (2000), starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, garnered widespread critical acclaim. Wong’s films frequently feature protagonists who yearn for romance in the midst of a knowingly brief life and scenes that can often be described as sketchy, digressive, exhilarating, and containing vivid imagery.
Wong is the first Chinese director to win the Best Director Award of Cannes Film Festival (for his work Happy Together in 1997). Wong was the President of the Jury at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, which makes him the only Chinese person to preside over the jury in Cannes Film Festival at the time. He has been recently announced as the President of the Jury at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013.
In 2006, Wong accepted the National Order of the Legion of Honour: Knight (Highest Degree) by French Government. In 2013, Wong accepted Order of Arts and Letters: Commander (Highest Degree) by France Minister of Culture. —Wiki
♦ Ziyi signed to play in the movie 2046 in 2001 and in The Grandmaster, in 2009.
♦ Ziyi and Wong Kar-wai were both in the jury of Cannes Film Festival in 2006.
♦ While promoting the 3D version of The Grandmaster, Wong Kar-Wai was asked to express the unique flavour of his actors and he described Ziyi has an onion : “She is like an onion. She is spicy and crunchy, a northern specialty. The flavour is sweeter when it’s more mature.”—Yahoo Singapore