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The Sensuous Cinema of Wong Kar-wai: Film Poetics and the Aesthetic of Disturbance

Gary Bettinson


The widely acclaimed films of Wong Kar-wai are characterized by their sumptuous yet complex visual and sonic style. This study of Wong’s filmmaking techniques uses a poetics approach to examine how form, music, narration, characterization, genre, and other artistic elements work together to produce certain effects on audiences. Bettinson argues that Wong’s films are permeated by an aesthetic of sensuousness and “disturbance” achieved through techniques such as narrative interruptions, facial masking, opaque cuts, and other complex strategies. The effect is to jolt the viewer out of complete ae ... More

Keywords: Wong Kar-wai, Hong Kong Cinema, World Cinema, China, Film Studies, Film Theory, Film making, Narrative, Asian studies

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9789888139293
Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888139293.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gary Bettinson, author
Lancaster University