All 10 of Wong Kar-wai’s feature films will be remastered in crystal-clear 4K ahead of the 20th anniversary of his 2000 instant classic In the Mood for Love, with plans to re-release them for a theatrical tour in 2020.
Wong teased the remastering and re-release in an interview with Filmmaker Magazine published on May 1.
Wong, who was attending the Hawaii International Film Festival at the time of the interview, says he and his studio Jet Tone Films have been working on the restorations for a long time, and that with the 20th anniversary of In The Mood For Love coming up next year, there will be retrospectives and reissues of the film.
“A few years ago I watched my film somewhere, looked at the monitor, and said, ‘Why does it look so messy?’ They said, ‘Now we are used to 4K projections, so you have to upgrade it, otherwise you will have those kind of feelings,'” he said.
Wong is currently working on adapting Jin Cheng’s 2013 novel Blossoms, which charts the lives of three men living in Shanghai from the 1960s to the 1990s, and in March announced that the film would be part of a trilogy that includes In The Mood For Love and its sequel, 2046.
In The Mood For Love, set in 1960s Hong Kong, charts the story of neighbors Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung) and Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung) who discover that their spouses are having an affair with each other. The film explored the themes of loneliness and repressed love, and featured subtle performances from Leung and Cheung — in a rotation of figure-hugging cheongsams — and a hazy, dreamlike look courtesy of cinematographer Christopher Doyle.
Since its release, it has gone on to become one of the most well-regarded films of all time, with the BBC in 2016 calling it the second-best film of the 21st century.
The film was followed four years later by 2046, with Leung reprising his role as Chow, who has become a sci-fi writer and womanizer following his unconsummated affair with Su. Cheung reprises her role in the film, but only in cameos.
The roster of women that Leung’s character gets involved with includes Zhang Ziyi (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon), Gong Li (Farewell My Concubine and Raise The Red Lantern), and Faye Wong, who also played Leung’s love interest in the Wong Kar-wai film Chungking Express.
Wong’s other films include As Tears Go By, Days of Being Wild, Ashes of Time, Fallen Angels, Happy Together, My Blueberry Nights, and The Grandmaster.