Wong Kar-Wai Talks “Tong Wars” & Next Film

Acclaimed filmmaker Wong Kar-Wai had a stellar run with his early films including the likes of “Chungking Express,” “Happy Together” and most famously “In the Mood for Love”.

His output in the last decade however hasn’t been as well received with “My Blueberry Nights” and “The Grandmaster” both scoring mixed reaction. Now, Wong is coming to television with the Amazon series “Tong Wars” penned by Paul Attanasio (“Quiz Show,” “Donnie Brasco”) and slated for a 2018 premiere.

The story combines the history of Chinese immigration to the U.S. at the same time as it unfurls a saga about a crime syndicate establishing itself. This week, appearing at the Lumiere Film Festival, Wong spoke some more about the project which he confirms runs over much of the 20th century as it begins in 1905 and concludes in 1971. He tells Indiewire:

“The thing that attracted me to this project was the first opportunity to tell the story of the first Chinese-American experience in the most authentic and proper way, because I think there aren’t many films about this experience.

The format of a TV series just provides filmmakers to have a bigger canvas to tell their stories. Of course, I know why there are questions about this because today people are worried about whether this TV series or this kind of storytelling will become a competition to the cinema. I don’t think so. They are just the different children of Lumiere. For filmmakers, they are just different canvases to paint their work, to show their ideas and tell their stories.<"/p>

Wong shot down reports of himself being linked to the Margot Robbie-led murder drama “Gucci” at Annapurna Pictures. He adds that his next film work will be an adaptation of Jin Yuchen’s novel “Blossoms” which folllows the lives of Shanghai residents from the end of China’s Cultural Revolution in the early 1960s through the end of the 20th century.