Wong Kar Wai Goes Blueberry

By Butterboom Writers  /  January 3, 2008

The filmmaker’s first U.S. English movie opens today.

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Wong Kar Wai‘s new film, My Blueberry Nights, opens in Hong Kong today. Most notable is that this film is in English and no Tony Leung (梁朝偉) but features other Western actors like Jude Law, Nora Jones, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz. With a big cast like that and Wong’s name, this should have a great opening and good box office around the world.

Reviews are solid so far, but for Hong Kong film fans, we’ll go see it anyways just to see how Wong’s visions translate into English after working his definitive style in Hong Kong for so long.

Tickets available at Cinema.com.hk and Cityline.com and showing at Pacific Place, Festival Walk, Palace IFC, Palace APM, Time Square and more. The trailer is below:

Official plot synopsis: After a rough break-up, Elizabeth (played by songstress Norah Jones in her screen debut) sets out on a journey across America, leaving behind a life of memories, a dream and a soulful new friend — a café owner (Jude Law) — all while in search of something to mend her broken heart. Waitressing her way through the country, Elizabeth befriends others whose yearnings are greater than hers, including a troubled cop (David Strathairn) and his estranged wife (Rachel Weisz) and a down-on-her luck gambler (Natalie Portman) with a score to settle.

Through these individuals, Elizabeth witnesses the true depths of loneliness and emptiness, and begins to understand that her own journey is part of a greater exploration within herself.

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