Master Class: Refraction of Waves — Wong Kar Wai

The Story

A child being born of mainland China, Wong Kar-Wai escaped to British-ruled Hong Kong during the beginning of China’s Cultural Revolution. He spent his early youth in a new city, isolated from the culture around him. Voices resonate as incoherent speech. Words assembled from familiar yet indeterminable sounds. In a busy city where people are familiar yet estranged, his father managed a night club while his mother stayed home. She took him to the cinema, often. Quieting the sounds of isolation that pulsated from the metropolis, a child moved to a neighboring part of the world found solace in films.

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