Poetics of the Postproduction Plot
In this chapter, Wong Kar-wai’s narrative and narrational strategies occupy the center of analysis. The chapter situates Wong as a purveyor of complex storytelling, and locates his films’ complexities in the unique production methods he employs. Such methods include a routine of “postproduction plotting,” which shapes the films’ stories and discourse in indelible ways. That practice shapes product is demonstrated through discussion of Wong’s films, from As Tears Go By to The Grandmaster, alighting on Fallen Angels as a major case study. The chapter defines the types of character that populate Wong’s authorial universe, and illuminates how Wong weaves characterization, story, plot, narration, and theme into a unified whole. It also links Wong to an international “puzzle film” trend.
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