Wong Kar-wai

1958 - Today

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Wong Kar-wai (born 17 July 1958) is a Hong Kong film director, screenwriter, and producer. His films are characterised by nonlinear narratives, atmospheric music, and vivid cinematography involving bold, saturated colours. A pivotal figure of Hong Kong cinema, Wong is considered a contemporary auteur, and ranks third on Sight & Sound's 2002 poll of the greatest filmmakers of the previous 25 years. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Wong Kar-wai has received more than 3,836,070 page views. His biography is available in 49 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 45 in 2019). Wong Kar-wai is the 132nd most popular film director (up from 145th in 2019), the 227th most popular biography from China (up from 235th in 2019) and the 3rd most popular Chinese Film Director.

Wong Kar-wai is most famous for his films, which are often characterized by their slow pace, visual style, and romanticism.

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  • 3.8M

    Page Views (PV)

  • 63.33

    Historical Popularity Index (HPI)

  • 49

    Languages Editions (L)

  • 6.27

    Effective Languages (L*)

  • 3.33

    Coefficient of Variation (CV)


Among film directors, Wong Kar-wai ranks 132 out of 2,041Before him are René Clément, Michael Curtiz, Peter Weir, William Hanna, George A. Romero, and Nikita Mikhalkov. After him are Giuseppe Tornatore, Lasse Hallström, Erich von Stroheim, Lewis Milestone, Jacques Demy, and Volker Schlöndorff.

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Among people born in 1958, Wong Kar-wai ranks 26Before him are Kevin Bacon, Bruce Dickinson, Tzipi Livni, Nikki Sixx, Tim Robbins, and Jamal Khashoggi. After him are Lyudmila Putina, Keith Haring, Hugo Sánchez, Mehmet Ali Ağca, Ellen DeGeneres, and Boris Tadić.

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In China

Among people born in China, Wong Kar-wai ranks 227 out of 1,610Before him are Tao Yuanming (365), Jin Yong (1924), Wei Yan (200), 3rd Dalai Lama (1543), Zhang Xueliang (1901), and Zu Chongzhi (429). After him are Emperor Ming of Han (28), Bi Sheng (990), Kanishka (78), Ban Gu (32), Wang Xizhi (303), and Emperor Taizu of Jin (1068).


Among film directors born in China, Wong Kar-wai ranks 3Before him are Zhang Yimou (1950), and John Woo (1946). After him are Terence Young (1915), Yuen Woo-ping (1945), Chen Kaige (1952), Edward Yang (1947), Lo Wei (1918), King Hu (1932), Ann Hui (1947), Xie Jin (1923), and James Wong Howe (1899).