WKW: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai by John Powers
Rizzoli, 2016; 304 pp
Reviewed by Charlie Riccardelli


In WKW: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai, author John Powers conducts an extensive series of interviews into the life and work of renowned Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai. Wong exploded onto the international film circuit in the late 1980s with As Tears Go By. In the years since, he’s established himself as one of cinema’s most stylish filmmakers whose Godardian-influenced filmmaking—with movies like Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love—exudes in unfulfilled romance and kinetic energy. In their discussions, Powers and Wong delve into his the intricacies of his productions, including the on-the-fly filmmaking, the rich cinematography of his longtime friend Christopher Doyle, and where Wong’s work fits into Hong Kong cinema an international cinema. With the interviews, Powers includes an extensive still from Wong’s life and films, offering a gorgeously-produced companion to one of cinemas most beloved filmmakers.