Wong Kar Wai Is Now A 'Commander' In France

Brian Clark, European Editor
It shouldn't surprise anyone that the French have long been head over heels for Wong Kar Wai's signature blend of Nouvelle Vague playfulness, melancholy and culture-specific subject-matter. But the country has gone ahead and confirmed it again anyway, having just given the director the highest cultural honor in France, the Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters. This award comes after he was made a Knight in France's Legion of Honor in 2006, so apparently not even My Blueberry Nights diminished his standing in the eyes of the French Ministry of Culture.

The award of Commander is the highest honor awarded by the French Ministry of Culture, topping the arts and letters hierarchy just above Officer and Knight. Meanwhile, The Grandmaster is entering its third week of release in France, having taken in a very respectable $2.1 million so far. It will be released in the US later this year.
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  • mightyjoeyoung

    "This award comes after he was made a Knight in France's Legion of Honor in 2006, so apparently not even My Blueberry Nights diminished his standing in the eyes of the French Ministry of Culture. "

    Well, My Blueberry Nights is not so bad, great cast, Natalie Portman surprised me in this film.

    Congrats to Wong Kar Wai, well deserved award I think, thanks Mr Clark for the info.

  • mightyjoeyoung

    "This award comes after he was made a Knight in France's Legion of Honor in 2006, so apparently not even My Blueberry Nights diminished his standing in the eyes of the French Ministry of Culture. "

    Well, My Blueberry Nights is not so bad, great cast, Natalie Portman surprised me a lot there.
    Congrats to Wong Kar Wai, well deserved award I think, thanks Mr Clark.

  • Kurt

    My Blueberry Nights is woefully underrated. Watch it again folks, it's pretty solid wkw and features some amazing Darius Khondji cinematography to accompany really great performances from Jude Law, David Strathairn and Rachel Weisz.

  • Brian Clark

    Yeah, that was a mostly a throwaway joke directed more at the people who have since written him off. I don't think it's his best film by any stretch (maybe still my least favorite), but it's totally watchable, with a few really lovely scenes. I didn't enjoy it much less than the forever-meandering 2046.

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