petty bourgeoisie addiction

Thomas 2022-04-22 07:01:11

Wong Kar-wai's films have become a brand, a logo, and a spokesperson for a kind of lifestyle. The simplest summary is petty bourgeoisie. In "In the Mood for Love", Wong Kar-wai's petty bourgeoisie spirit has been rendered to the greatest extent possible. This also makes people wonder what "tricks" he can play in the future. In fact, Wong Kar-wai's directorial debut "Carmen Mong Kok" has a different rough texture and full of passion. That Wong Kar-wai also wore sunglasses, but the sunglasses at that time were a tool for him to examine the world, not just a decoration to pretend to be cool.
The public release version of "In the Mood for Love" has deleted the sex scenes and the appearance of some other actors, making the hero and heroine's extramarital romance more pure and abstract, and more in line with the taste standards of petty bourgeoisie: surreal romance, which does not hurt moral vanity and satisfies the individual Lust is the best of both worlds. Wong Kar-wai found this path of petty bourgeoisie, pleasing and selling, artistic skills and commercial themes. This is his cleverness and his choice.
But the problem is that Wong Kar Wai is now a popular idol that is widely imitated and imitated, like some kind of flu virus. As a result of Eileen Chang being imitated in batches, she has created countless small women writers who pretend to be posing. Wong Kar-wai is not as good as Eileen Chang. What will his followers bring?

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In the Mood for Love quotes

  • Chow Mo-wan: That handbag I saw you with this evening... Where did you buy it?

    Su Li-zhen Chan: Why do you ask?

    Chow Mo-wan: It looked so elegant. I want to get one for my wife.

    Su Li-zhen Chan: Mr. Chow, you're so good to your wife!

    Chow Mo-wan: Not really! My wife is so fussy. Her birthday is some days away. I don't know what to get her. Could you buy one for me to give her?

    Su Li-zhen Chan: Maybe she wouldn't want one just exactly the same.

    Chow Mo-wan: You're right, I didn't think of that.

    Su Li-zhen Chan: A woman would mind.

    Chow Mo-wan: Yes, especially since we're neighbors. Do they come in other colors?

    Su Li-zhen Chan: I'd have to ask my husband.

    Chow Mo-wan: Why?

    Su Li-zhen Chan: He bought it for me on a business trip abroad. They aren't on sale here.

    Chow Mo-wan: Then never mind.

    Su Li-zhen Chan: Actually... I want to ask you something too. Where did you buy your tie?

    Chow Mo-wan: I don't know where it came from. My wife buys all my ties.

    Su Li-zhen Chan: Really?

    Chow Mo-wan: She bought this one on a business trip abroad. It's not on sale here.

    Su Li-zhen Chan: What a coincidence!

    Chow Mo-wan: Yes.

    Su Li-zhen Chan: Actually... My husband has one just like it. He said it was a gift from his boss. So he wears it every day.

    Chow Mo-wan: And my wife has a bag just like yours.

    Su Li-zhen Chan: I know, I've seen it.

    Chow Mo-wan: What are you getting at, actually?

    Su Li-zhen Chan: I thought I was the only one who knew.

  • [first lines]

    Title Card: It is a restless moment. She has kept her head lowered, to give him a chance to come closer. But he could not, for lack of courage. She turns and walks away.