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Re: Wong Kar-wai

#101 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Tue May 14, 2019 3:06 pm

Orlac wrote:What was wrong with the transfer?
It's a smeary mess with sloppy grain management that not only adds conventional DNR but also all sorts of weird artifacting—there are some examples in this thread, though unfortunately not all the image links still work. It looks worse than a bootleg copy of the mainland Chinese version that appeared shortly after the original theatrical release, never mind the far superior Korean and U.S. Blu-rays (which unfortunately are different cuts of the movie, so they can't replace the HK BD).
htom wrote:From this article, research for Tong Wars is still ongoing but Blossoms takes priority...
Thing is that these articles on Filmmaker came out of Wong's appearance at the Hawaii International Film Festival way back in November. I don't know why they're only appearing now, but it was reported in March that Amazon had dropped Tong Wars.

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Re: Wong Kar-wai

#102 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Fri Oct 04, 2019 5:38 pm

Per buzz on Weibo (and an Instagram post that was edited to remove an initial reference to Wong), Wong is directing a short film for the next issue of Vogue Film, a biannual offshoot of Vogue China. No other info except that it stars Xin Zhilei of Crosscurrent (which was quietly released on U.S. DVD/Blu in August) and Ruyi's Royal Love in the Palace.

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#103 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Wed Oct 30, 2019 3:10 pm

Turns out Blossoms is going to be both a movie and a webseries, to be filmed concurrently. Wong is producing the series, but no directors have been named yet (and still no cast info for either version). Production is supposed to begin next year.

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#104 Post by Joe Zombie » Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:13 am

Can anyone comment on the quality of the 2014 BD release of Days of Being Wild and the subtitle translations?


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#106 Post by R0lf » Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:58 am

Which is funny because wasn’t 2046 delayed and then completely refilmed due to SARS?

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#107 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Fri Feb 21, 2020 11:39 am

Wong had already made a decision to shoot in Shanghai, which meant discarding most of the material that had already been filmed in Bangkok alongside In the Mood for Love, but SARS forced them to delay the Shanghai shoot. So he did some studio filming in Hong Kong with Kimura Takuya, whose role was originally to be much larger (almost as large as Tony Leung's). I don't know whether any of that footage ended up in the final cut or if it was discarded as well. He also made "The Hand," changing the setting from Shanghai to Hong Kong on account of the epidemic.

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#109 Post by Petty Bourgeoisie » Wed May 13, 2020 7:46 pm

An official letter about an indefinite postponement is expected to be be written in June

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#110 Post by whaleallright » Fri May 15, 2020 2:10 am

How many abortive projects has he had in the last 15 years, anyhow?

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#111 Post by jaffe1234 » Sun May 17, 2020 8:35 am

What is the original aspect ratio of Wong Kar Wai's 2046? Imdb lists it at 2.35 : 1. but looking at screencraps in different places around the internet it seems that there are also copies in 2.55:1.

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#112 Post by cowboydan » Sun May 17, 2020 6:59 pm

jaffe1234 wrote:
Sun May 17, 2020 8:35 am
What is the original aspect ratio of Wong Kar Wai's 2046? Imdb lists it at 2.35 : 1. but looking at screencraps in different places around the internet it seems that there are also copies in 2.55:1.
Interestingly, DVD Beaver seems to suggest that the OAR is 2.40:1.
http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare11/2046.htm
"Only Tartan and Fox R3 has the true OAR of 2.40:1. Mei Ah is stretched approx 2.9% horizontally to 2.47:1 AR, while Guang is squeezed approx 3.8% horizontally and cropped additionally approx 0.75% left / right to 2.29:1 AR."

So if that's right, then 2.40:1. If imdb and bluray.com are correct, then it's 2.35:1. I can't find any suggestions of 2.55:1.

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Re: Wong Kar-wai

#113 Post by The Fanciful Norwegian » Sun May 17, 2020 9:01 pm

It should be 2.39:1 (or 2.40:1 if you're rounding up). 2.35:1 is the older pre-1970 'Scope aspect ratio and it's very unlikely that a 2004 film would use it. 2.55:1 doesn't make any sense TBH.
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Fri May 15, 2020 2:10 am
How many abortive projects has he had in the last 15 years, anyhow?
The only ones I know of that were ever official were The Lady from Shanghai and Tong Wars. There were reports he was doing a film with Annapurna about the Maurizio Gucci murder, but Wong somewhat uncharacteristically issued a public denial; I suspect he'd been approached about it but was never actually attached. There were also reports about a decade ago that he was going to bring Brigitte Lin out of retirement for an adaptation of the short story "The Eternal Snow Beauty," but that never went beyond the rumor stage and strikes me as wishful thinking. There's a webseries called Paradise Guesthouse that has fallen by the wayside as Blossoms moves forward, but the studio claims it's still happening.

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