17 june, 1958
Wong Kar-wai, BBS (born 17 July 1956) is a Hong Kong Second Wave filmmaker, internationally renowned as an auteur for his visually unique, highly stylised, emotionally resonant work, including Days of Being Wild (1990), Ashes of Time (1994), Chungking Express (1994), Fallen Angels (1995), Happy Together (1997), 2046 (2004) and The Grandmaster (2013). His film In the Mood for Love (2000), starring Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung, garnered widespread critical acclaim. Wong's films frequently feature protagonists who yearn for romance in the midst of a knowingly brief life and scenes that can often be described as sketchy, digressive, exhilarating, and containing vivid imagery.
Wong is the first Chinese director to win the Best Director Award of Cannes Film Festival (for his work Happy Together in 1997). Wong was the President of the Jury at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival, which makes him the only Chinese to preside over the jury in Cannes Film Festival at the time. He has been recently announced as the President of the Jury at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival in February 2013.
Wong was listed at number three on the British Film Institute's Sight & Sound Top Ten Directors list of modern times.
In 2006, Wong accepted the National Order of the Legion of Honour: Knight (Highest Degree) by French Government. In 2013, Wong accepted Order of Arts and Letters: Commander (Highest Degree) by France Minister of Culture.