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Many local film-makers have been influenced by Hong Kong's Wong Kar Wai

Published on Jan 29, 2013 5:48 PM

Almost one in three film students about a decade ago would have been influenced by Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar Wai.

So says homegrown film-maker and visual artist Kent Chan, 28, who had studied for a bachelor of arts degree in film at Lasalle College of the Arts from 2006 to 2008. He adds: "I think most film-makers who picked up film-making in the late 1990s and early- to mid-2000s would have gone through a Wong-Kar-Wai phase.

"The visuals in Wong's films are always very pretty, but it's also about how they touch on nostalgia, and pop culture, and the sense of longing. It's very romantic in a way and every other film-maker wanted a bit of that."

Wong, whose films include In The Mood For Love (2000) and Happy Together (1997), is one of Asia's most prominent film-makers in recent decades. His latest film, The Grandmaster, about famed martial arts expert Ip Man and stars Tony Leung and Zhang Ziyi, opens in cinemas on Thursday.

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