Vulnerability is an art mastered by few. To portray Ones vulnerability would mean to expose the deepest, darkest parts of yourself without knowing to which extent will they be sacred or profane. Wong Kar Wai beautifully develops stories that seem interconnected although they aren’t. The ﬁrst story tells us a tale of a hit man named Wong Chi Ming who has a so called “partner” who seems to be obsessed with him. She cleans up his apartment for him, stalks him around, daydreams about him and even goes to the bar to get a good glance at him. She’s the partner who sends blueprints to him discussing his next hit. The conﬂict begins when Wong meets Blondie, a wild prostitute at McDonalds and spends time with her. His partner ﬁnds out and puts a hit out on him when he himself tells her he wishes to end the partnership. The other story tells us about a man who lives in the same building as Wong and his partner. His name is Ho Chi Mo and he’s a mute lawbreaker who just escaped prison and still lives with his father. The girl helps Ho elude from the police and since he has no job, he breaks into people’s houses for business and sells their goods. Among all this he keeps bumping into the same girl at night- Charlie. She does nothing but cry on his shoulders, reminiscing the loss of her ex boyfriend who left her for a girl named Blondie. Ho and Charlie hang out with each other at various places and he eventually falls in love with her. Due to changes in Charlie’s path, they grow distant and soon enough when their paths do cross again, Charlie has become a business owner and is successfully happy in a new relationship.
The cinematography in terms of camera angles in the movie is brilliantly put out. The image above shows Dutch where the character seems confused about her surroundings and the viewer feels the character’s confusion through the darkness all over her with a hint of yellow light to ignite her face. The IBM logo above all else is the center of attention as it provides direction to the character.
The image above shows the tilt angle of cinematography which helps the viewer look at the scene through the character’s eyes. The scenes move in a disoriented pattern making it look like the character is really feeling the tilt of her surroundings. It once again shows confusion and tragedy surrounding the character’s mind.