Sublime Wong Kar-wai

Redmond, Sean 2009, Sublime Wong Kar-wai, in NZASIA 2009 : Proceedings of the 18th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference 2009, NZASIA, [Otago, New Zealand], pp. 1-22.

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Title Sublime Wong Kar-wai
Author(s) Redmond, SeanORCID iD for Redmond, Sean
Conference name New Zealand Asian Studies Society. Conference (18th : 2009 : Wellington, New Zealand)
Conference location Wellington, New Zealand
Conference dates 6-8 Jul. 2009
Title of proceedings NZASIA 2009 : Proceedings of the 18th New Zealand Asian Studies Society International Conference 2009
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2009
Conference series New Zealand Asian Studies Society Conference
Start page 1
End page 22
Publisher NZASIA
Place of publication [Otago, New Zealand]
Summary In the films of Wong Kar-wai one finds a double or parallel sensing of the sublime. Numerous characters are seen to experience perceptual moments of unbounded terror, where they are faced with the weight, enormity or formlessness of objects, things, and natural phenomena that they cannot initially or fully comprehend. These ‘textual’ sublime moments are simultaneously rendered receptively, experientially sublime through the way Wong Kar-wai conjures up a series of refracted, defamiliarised images of heightened intensity, such as bejeweled juke boxes, incandescent lampshades, thick waterfalls, and wispy cigarette smoke rising. Such awesome images are of artifice and nature, conjoined, blurred, or delineated, so that the sublime moment is of the postmodern moment, irrational and irregular, and ‘monstrous’ because of it. In the films of Wong Kar-wai, character and viewer become aligned in a process of identification in which each recognizes their mortality, and inadequacy, in the face of such dazzling, incomprehensible moments that trace across the retina of the eye. The pleasure and the pain of this is something that I will explore in this paper, using such sublime films as Fallen Angels, Chungking Express, Happy Together, In the Mood for Love, 2046, and Blueberry Nights, to illustrate my arguments.
Language eng
Field of Research 200212 Screen and Media Culture
Socio Economic Objective 950204 The Media
HERDC Research category E3 Extract of paper
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