Cinema of a country is always an extension of the people’s beliefs, cultures, and traditions. It is interlinked with the country’s aesthetic views. Though the cinema of Hong Kong is the third largest in the world after Indian Cinema and Hollywood, there has never been any support of the government through subsidies or grants. It has always derived its inspiration from the Chinese culture and Hollywood mainstream cinema.
Hong Kong as a country has been a second China, where the people have followed the Chinese values to a large extent. Hong Kong has been a source of huge trading practices in the world. The country’s art grew with time, with people getting inspired by both modernism and west. The actors like Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee are recognized as big names globally.
As a result, people eventually have to cut off the reality and tend to look for a way out by themselves when they have nowhere to go in the physical world. Taking words as a medium, literature is very strong in creating such space. To recreate such a psychological space in real scenes, people have to learn from literature as a form.
Apart from the bemazed and illusory marks of time and space, occasional and fragment-type narrative structure of Karwai Wong’s films also produces highly abstract reality. Audiences’ impression of Karwai Wong’s works not only benefits from the whole world carefully constructed by Karwai Wong, but also profits from the iconic details and fragmental and garrulous monologues of his films. These details and fragments, especially the monologue technique of voice-overs and artistic effect, just verify that postmodern aesthetics abandons grand narration and prefers fragmental impression. Additionally, those characters including policemen, killers, and punks and so on Karwai Wong likes most in his films have the symbolic features of marginalized characters of cities (Lei, 2012). These characters are performing many scenes of soul stories and life experience related to refusal and acceptance, loss and acquisition as well as oblivion and memory. At the same time, the films of Karwai Wong contain a number of symbols of popular culture, such as popular music, trademarks and cartoon toys. After being elaborately collaged by Karwai Wong, these consumption symbols and symbols of marginalized characters in cities offered by cities turn into a mirror which reflects the transformation of modern society represented by Hong Kong from a real image to some symbolic feelings and experience and shows the acute art experience and unique artistic creation of Karwai Wong. It is an important reason why the films of Karwai Wong are fresh and thought-provoking. Quote Wong Kai-wai’s films as the vision of Hong Kong culture.