Faye in ‘2046’ – Magical Beauty

This video, comprised of scenes of Faye Wong (王菲) in Wong Kar-wai’s (王家卫) 2004 classic, 2046, was uploaded to YouTube by danus74 on 14 April 2010. The film was written and directed by WKW. In these scenes, Faye plays the role of an android pursued by Tak Kimura (木村 拓哉).

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Rare Video: ‘Bride with White Hair 2’ – Theme Sung by Faye

Faye Wong (王菲) sings “Forgetting You Is Like Forgetting Me,” theme song for The Bride with WhiteHair 2 (白髮魔女2). The song was released in Faye Best (1994) in February 1994. Brigitte Lin (林青霞) and Leslie Cheung (张国荣) starred in this 1993 film. In 1994, Faye and Bridgette would play starring roles in Wong Kar-wai’s (王家衛) classic Chungking Express (重庆森林). In 2000, Faye would star with Leslie in Okinawa Rendezvous (戀戰沖繩). The video was added to YouTube by ce004004 on 8 Jan 2010.

Deb – ‘The True Story of Faye Wong’

Deb, on June 28th, 2009 said:

The Chinese title of “True Story of Faye Wong” is a play on the same movie title by Wong Kar Wai, starring the late Leslie Cheung. It is was a ground breaking hit for both director and actor.

[6.28.08 comment by Feifan:] Deb, you’re right! I looked it up and came up with a film called A True Story of Ah Fei (A Fei Zheng Chuan), which is also known as Days of Being Wild (阿飛正傳), released on 15 Dec 1990. It was written and directed by Wong Kar Wai and filmed by Christopher Doyle. It starred Leslie Cheung, Maggie Cheung, Andy Lau, Carina Lau, and Jacky Cheung. This is another film I’m dying to see!

[6.28.08 comment by Feifan:] Found a bunch of Days of Being Wild video clips on YouTube. I like this one (below) best in terms of quality. I believe it’s the opening scene of the film. Notice the tremendous similarities to CKE!

Deb, on July 9th, 2009 said: Great clip, would love to own this movie!

Hands up who thinks Faye woulda been perfect for Maggie’s role???

Hmmmm I have a question – Maggie’s character is called “Soh Lai Tsun”, it sounds VERY familiar… is there another character in a WKW film called that?? maybe in 2046 or In the Mood for Love??

Deb, on July 9th, 2009 said: Yep, just checked up on “In the Mood for Love” by WKW, Maggie’s character was called Soh Lai Tsun (or Su Li Zen in mandarin) in that film as she is in “The True Story of Ah Fay”.

Love that WKW films have links in them, its like watching episodes of their characters throughout their lives – tapestry.

Now I must wonder if Maggie’s characters in both movies are the same woman. In “True story” she is a young innocent girl, then “In the mood” she’s a brooding woman, both looking for love, caught up in scandal.

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Perth Tour Music Special 1993 – Faye & Tony

The Perth Tour Music Special 1993 stars Faye Wong (王菲) and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (梁朝偉). It was uploaded in 6 parts to YouTube by Singsingcookie4 on 21 Feb 2009. This version has the best resolution that I’ve seen. In this special, we see Tony and Faye before they starred together in the Wong Kar-wai (王家衛) classic Chungking Express. This is a romantic comedy that features a few of Faye’s songs. Makes you wish that Faye would do a romantic musical comedy in which she sings some of her songs.

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Deb, on 24 Feb 2009 said:

I am so HAPPY that this has been posted because I’m from Perth!! I’ve been here since ‘89, so I’m pretty much from here. I recognise everywhere they show, some of the places don’t even exist anymore. I didn’t really know Faye back in 1993, my first hearing of our 100,000 Whys album was in 1994. But I do remember watching this on VHS back in the day. This was when Faye’s career was taking off and Tony was trying to start a singing career (god knows why?!?!).

This really shows why Faye and Tony have done so much acting together. Tony is an acting veteran and its obvious Faye is very comfortable with Tony and he must have taken good care of her and taught her his craft.

Word of advice – never feed the black swans! They are vicious when it comes to food!! We do have great coffee, we take it very seriously, mainly due to a large italian population, there is NO Starbucks here!

Faye living in a caravan?!?! ahahaha, that’s too funny! Meat pie for brekky? She’s definitely an Aussie!

This makes me feel very close to Faye – she was in my town! If only I met her! Wonder if she liked Perth, it was pretty undeveloped back then, so it wouldn’t have been very exciting at the time. I coulda been a very good tour guide for them even tho I was only 14!

See ya later, mate!

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Faye Invited to Star in ‘Rise of the Machine’

director-liu-zhenwei3According to an XK.CN article (18 Nov 2008), well-known director Liu Zhenwei (刘镇伟) has invited Faye Wong (王菲) to star in his upcoming film, Rise of the Machine (机器侠). Apparently, Liu was very impressed with Faye’s performance in Wong Kar-wai’s (王家衛) 2004 film, 2046, and feels that Faye has tremendous potential that has yet to be tapped. The article also states that Katie (陈家瑛 Chen Jiaying), Faye’s manager, told reporters on Nov 17 that Faye is painstakingly creating new songs and is in “a positive state of waiting for the right opportunity to resume her career.” Asked if Faye would accept Liu’s invitation, Katie said, “It depends on the circumstances.”

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CKE Tops NY Times ‘Holiday DVDs’ List

Chungking Express, starring Faye Wong (王菲), Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (梁朝偉),
Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武), and Brigitte Lin (林青霞 Lin Qingxia), tops the New York Times “Holiday DVDs” list, published 31 Oct 2008. The article, written by Charles Taylor and Stephanie Zacharek, features a full-blown photo of Faye in one of the scenes (see below) from the classic Wong Kar-wai [王家卫] film.

Excerpts from the article: “Chungking Express didn’t kick off a new era of filmmaking as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless did with the French Nouvelle Vague in 1960. But this Wong Kar-wai romantic bauble from 1994 is as joyously playful — stylish, discursive, flippantly romantic — as any movie since Breathless.”

“The pop star Faye Wong . . . with her big eyes and shag haircut has the aura of a hip pixie . . . [and] contributes a Cantonese version of the Cranberries’ hit ‘Dreams.’”

“As with Godard at his most whimsical, Chungking Express invests pop artifacts with the power of talismans. The constant repetition of the Mamas and the Papas’ ‘California Dreamin’’ can persuade you — if you weren’t already — that it holds the secrets of the universe. Chungking Express is one of those rare classics that isn’t just admired but cherished.”

Rare Songs – Lau Fei Fei with Tony

Here’s a rare song and rare video — Faye Wong (王菲) and Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (梁朝偉) in a live 1994 performance in a huge stadium singing “Lau Fei Fei” (流非飛, Flow Not Fly), released in Faye’s Sep 1993 album, Hundred Thousand Whys. It was at about the time Chungking Express was being released, and they were beginning to establish an onscreen chemistry that would play out in other films. In this performance, we can see that Faye is in her element. In CKE, Faye’s first serious film, she felt awkward and out of place, claiming that she could only be herself and didn’t know how to act. As it turns out, this is exactly what Wong Kar-Wai (王家卫), the award-winning director, was looking for. Faye went on to win awards for her performance, and CKE is considered one of the best films in the world. The audio below was ripped from the video.

(added to YouTube by whiteboardsandy 14 Aug 2008)