Wong Kar-wai, and his pop sensibility


The director Wong Kar-wai is known for his lush, thematic style, and music has often played an important role in his films. As this essay from Senses of Cinema expands on, Wong has employed Western pop songs to great effect, but has also used well-plotted Cantonese cover versions, as well. These instances are among the most memorable sequences from his oeuvre. Few directors use music as expertly as Wong, who uses the form as indelible features of his storytelling.

“Take My Breath Away” (Berlin covered by Sandy Lam) – As Tears Go By

“Dreams” (The Cranberries covered by Faye Wong) – Chungking Express