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WONG KAR-WAI (Director, Producer & Screenplay) was born in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong with his parents when he was five. He entered the film industry as a scriptwriter and began directing his own scripts in 1988. His debut feature AS TEARS GO BY was invited to the Critics' Week in Cannes Film Festival. His second feature Days of BEING WILD won five Hong Kong Film Awards, including Best Director and Best Film. He founded his own company Jet Tone in 1992 and spent the next two years working on ASHES OF TIME, shooting mostly on remote locations in China. CHUNGKING EXPRESS, made very quickly during a break in the post-production of ASHES OF TIME, became his first global success; he followed it with the related 'diptych' movie FALLEN ANGELS. Shot mostly in Argentina, HAPPY TOGETHER premiered at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival and won the Best Director prize. All of his subsequent features have premiered in Cannes: IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE in 2000 (winning the Best Actor prize for Tony Leung Chiu Wai), 2046 in 2004 and his English-language debut MY BLUEBERRY NIGHTS in 2007. He served as President of the Jury at Cannes in 2006. In addition to his features, he has made a number of shorter films, including IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE 2001 (starring Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Maggie Cheung), SIX DAYS (for the musician DJ Shadow), THE FOLLOW (starring Clive Owen, for the BMW on-line series THE HIRE), and THERE'S ONLY ONE SUN (starring Amelie Daure, for Philips). In 2004, he contributed the episode THE HAND to the portmanteau feature EROS, alongside episodes from Michelangelo Antonioni and Steven Soderbergh. In 2007, he made the short I TRAVELED 9000 KM TO GIVE IT TO YOU for Gilles Jacob's project CHACUN SON CINEMA (TO EACH HIS OWN CINEMA), which premiered in Cannes.

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