Wim Wenders’s Tokyo-Ga (1985) is about another filmmaker’s realm and life: it’s all about Yasujiro Ozu (1903–63). It’s about one person looking for another person with traces in film and reality; it’s about one culture seeking another culture with understanding and appreciation. Do people really understand each other from the constructed world through film, or do we understand each other better in reality? Things always have a mysterious part and cannot really be revealed in reality, but with the things that cut into reality we might find something precious and important, because it brings us in contact with another culture, with another group of people or helps us to understand things other than what we already know.
Looking for Wong Kar-Wai is a project that revisits and rethinks about his films and the changing of Hong Kong. His films always show a longing for the passing by situation with people, and are about encounters and loss. Thus, the idea came to me to make a filmic work about him and the films, to have another actor and team try to document Hong Kong through the films and to link that with the past and present.
We are Li Zhenhua, Chen Xiao, Shen Xiaomin, and Sampo Sarkola, a team very much into art films and culture in Hong Kong, as in Wong Kar-Wai’s films, we shall re-encounter and pass by again. Director: Li Zhenhua; Photos: Li Zhenhua, Chen Xiao, Shen Xiaom
Togehter with Li Zhenhua we are looking forward to premiere
Looking for Wong Kar-Wai (2018–19)
Li Zhenhua, born in Beijing in 1975, lives and works as a curator and artist between Berlin, Zurich and China. He curated the Film program of Art Basel in Hong Kong since 2014 and is the founder of Laboratory Art Beijing in 2006.