Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis


Film and Television Studies

Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Hyon Joo Yoo

Second Advisor

Sarah Nilsen

Third Advisor

Jonah Steinberg


creative project, film and tv studies, Wong Kar-wai, psychoanalysis, short film, Hong Kong


Wong Kar-wai is an auteur whose body of work constitutes over 20+ short and feature films. Wong is a Hong Kong director with a unique audio-visual style. His audio-visual style works best to enhance and compliment his film’s themes of loss, love, and memory. Wong’s films are a body of work that can be compared to other filmmakers and examined under many different critical theory lenses. This essay analyzes Wong Kar-wai’s films using the lens of psychoanalysis. The focus is on the unofficial Wong Kar-wai trilogy: Days of Being Wild (1990), In the Mood for Love (2000), and 2046 (2004). Ultimately, this essay is the accompaniment to Ellipsis the short film that seeks to recreate the mood and tones of Wong Kar- wai’s work using his audio-visual style as a jumping point to think of ways I can develop my own style.

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