HK Cinema - 1994

Even though none of his films have had much box office appeal, Wong Kar-wai has certainly been the most influential HK director in the 1990s.  His dazzling editing techniques, oblique story lines, use of inner narrative and out of sequence time line were a difficult buy for the HK audience, but struck a nerve with other film makers who were looking for something new and exciting.
He began as a scriptwriter Saviour of the Soul being one and directed his first film in 1988 As Tears Go By.  This film starring Andy Lau, Jackie Cheung and Maggie Cheung told of the inter-locking relationships and obligations in the world of the triads. Three years later, he came out with his second film Days of Being Wild a slowly unfolding story of unfulfilled love. Wong began to hone his film techniques in this film, but it is three years later with two films Ashes of Time and Chungking Express - in which he is able to meld all these film elements to produce two masterpieces.
Though the films could not be further apart in tone and plot one a sword fighting tale and the other a contemporary tale of life in HK they both are about unrequited love and the impossibility of relationships.