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Kam Louie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028412

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028412.001.0001

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Global Music/Local Cinema: Two Wong Kar-wai Pop Compilations

Global Music/Local Cinema: Two Wong Kar-wai Pop Compilations

(p.229) 13 Global Music/Local Cinema: Two Wong Kar-wai Pop Compilations
Hong Kong Culture
Kam Louie
Hong Kong University Press

This chapter examines how the Wong Kar-wai's use of pre-existing songs has undergone drastic changes under the strictures of a new working environment. It does this through a close reading of the pop compilations of Fallen Angels and Wong's first English-language production, My Blueberry Nights. Both films, despite their somewhat marginal standing in the Wong Kar-wai canon, are paradigmatic in that they rely heavily on pre-existing songs, and on popular idioms more generally. They provide perhaps the best demonstration yet that, despite endlessly looping mantras on Wong as a “visual artist”, predictably voiced again on the occasion of the recent release of My Blueberry Nights, songs are of the essence in Wong's cinema. In particular, in both films, songs impart to the sequences in which they appear the quality of “musical numbers”—that is, modular, detachable segments of representation that while propelling the action forward can be contemplated as self-contained entities.

Keywords:   Wong Kar-wai, songs, films, Fallen Angels, My Blueberry Nights, popular idioms, musical numbers

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