BAM's Rose Cinema will be showing the films of Wong Kar-Wai starting this weekend, in their program, Living in Dreams: Films of Wong Kar-Wai. Wong's work is romantic, and moves between being hilarious to unbelievably sad. The first film, on Friday, is Happy Together, with the late Leslie Cheung and Tony Leung as lovers in Buenos Aires, and on Saturday, Chungking Express will be shown. Chungking Express is one of Gothamist's favorite films, with two stories in one film, both of which jump out with more life than a month of Hollywood release. And In the Mood for Love, which screens next Saturday, on the 22nd, is one of the best films in the past five years, period. Even less acclaimed films like Days of Being Wild, Ashes of Time and Fallen Angels are great to get more of an idea of Wong's stylization.
The lovely look of Wong's films can be partly attributed to his frequent cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, whose non-Hong Kong films include Rabbit Proof Fence, The Quiet American, Made, and Gus Van Sant's Psycho.