Love is all a matter of timing. It's no good meeting the right person too soon or too late.

— Wong Kar-wai

The most impressive Wong Kar-wai quotes you will be delighted to read

We're all unlucky in love sometimes. When I am, I go jogging. The body loses water when you jog, so you have none left for tears.


What makes international cinema so interesting is that each territory has its own sensibility. When you look at an Indian or French film, there's a certain flavor. And even though the language is different, if the film is successful, it has something very common and understandable.


I'm not coming from film school, I learned cinema in the cinema watching films.


My films are never about what Hong Kong is like, or anything approaching a realistic portrait, but what I think about Hong Kong and what I want it to be.


In a way, this is what the difference is between Hong Kong and Chinese cinema - Chinese cinema was made for their own communities. It was for propaganda. But Hong Kong made films to entertain, and they know how to communicate with international audiences.


I'm not coming from film school. I learned cinema in the cinema watching films, so you always have a curiosity. I say, 'Well, what if I make a film in this genre? What if I make this film like this?'


I think one day I can make a book about coffee shops in Hong Kong.

I spent almost most of my time in coffee shops, in different coffee shops.


My mother has a very big family in Shanghai, so I have, like, almost 40 cousins, so we stayed together all the time. So by the time I get to Hong Kong, I become the only child and the only one surrounded by adults, you know.


Some actors like encouragement. Some actors prefer to have pressure. And sometimes, for some actors, its better to give your comment by silence, because they are so skillful, so gifted, that they understand without talking too much.


People are very surprised when they come to Hong Kong after seeing my films, because my version of it is quite different than Hong Kong in reality.


There are certain types of genres that are impossible in China.

Ghost stories, something too graphic, too violent, and of course if it's too political. Other than that, it will be fine.


I always think to shoot action scenes is not really about the stunts.

It's more about an expression and about imagination.


About Wong Kar-wai

Quotes 23 sayings
Profession Filmmaker
Birthday July 17, 1958

I never had a problem with genre because a genre actually is like a uniform - you put yourself into a certain uniform.


I'm not afraid to delay the schedule to make sure that this is the film that I want, that this is the best that I can do at that point.


I never studied film formally at school, but as a kid, I spent most of my time in cinemas.


Im a big fan of martial arts films, novels and radio programs.


Most of my films deal with people who are stuck in certain routines and habits that don't make them happy. They want to change, but they need something to push them. I think it's mostly love that causes them to break their routines and move on.


I think the martial arts tradition has a big influence on our generation - we all read these novels when we were very young.


We love what we can't have, and we can't have what we love.


I never had a problem with genre because a genre actually is like a uniform - you put yourself into a certain uniform. But if you dress up in a police officer's uniform, it doesn't mean that you are an officer; it can mean something else. But this is the starting point, and the best way is to not to fit into this uniform but to make this uniform a part of yourself.


I wanted to know what exactly martial arts is.

When you look at martial arts films, the later ones became more and more exaggerated. It's like, wow, is martial arts only a show?


Normally, filmmakers would just write a script and cast people to act as certain characters in the story. But in my way of doing things, I have the actors in my mind already, so I'm trying to borrow something that's unique to them. The characters have a very natural connection to the actors themselves.