Wong Kar-wai's filmography covers everything from heart-wrenching dramas (In the Mood for Love) to martial arts epics (Ashes of Time) to surreal romantic comedies (My Blueberry Nights). His biggest film to date, The Grandmasters, set for a Hong Kong premier next month, is said to dip its toes in a number of genres, which is hardly surprising.
The fact that film snobs and mainstream moviegoers can appreciate Wong Kar-wai's work makes him the ideal director to pick from while planning the all-important let's-watch-a-movie-at-my-place date. Check out this list of WKW classics and their makeout-potential indices, but choose wisely: results may vary.
1. Fallen Angels (1995)
This movie has the best Wong Kar-wai relationship of all time: a mute young man and his father. Your date will undoubtedly find this endearing, and you will definitely be getting some because of this. That is, unless she has a problematic parental past. In that case, she’ll be depressed and want to go home right after the movie.
2. In the Mood For Love (2000)
Are you sure you want to show him this
movie? It’s one of the best out there, but it will make a grown man cry. Your date
may not want to expose this much emotion so soon. It’s so engrossing and
troubling that even harmless shots of noodles and Angkor Wat
will reduce him to a blubbering mess.
3. Ashes of Time (1994)
Make sure your date loves convoluted metaphors and hates plot. Once you've gotten that out of the way, prepare for a night of grandiose landscape scenes and lingering shots of tense warriors. This movie is only 100 minutes long, but it seems so much longer. Your date may fall asleep on your shoulder, so don't kill the mood with too much fidgeting.
4. Chungking Express (1994)
Congratulations on stumbling upon the most date-appropriate Wong Kar-wai movie! It’s easy enough to follow, so you can maintain light conversation throughout, but there are still enough cute, visually stimulating scenes to fill any silences. And the ambiguous-yet-happy ending ensures some heavy petting afterward.
5. Happy Together (1997)
If you’re the kind of people that take pride self-destruction, this could be your new Sid and Nancy. You’ll probably get hot and heavy after this movie, and then go out and break some windows, tag a few walls, or leave a restaurant without paying. Anything that will make you two feel alive.