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Wong Kar Wei and Hip Hop

I'm almost certain celebrated filmmaker Wong Kar Wei has never been associated with Hip Hop, but that changes today. Yes I said it, Wong Kar Wei is Hip Hop and here are the top three reasons why.

1) Wong Kar Wei is gangsta: He doesn't shoot from a script yet his films are full of compelling drama. That takes guts, ego and bravado. All traits of Hip Hop and of auteurism. 2) Wong Kar Wei is classic: He is the second wave of the French New Wave cinema movement. His films will have a place in the world film canon. Classic is Hip Hop. 3) Wong Kar Wei is political: But not in an overt way. His films often deal with Hong Kong's Chinese identity since they were only very recently given back to China. Hip Hop is always political.

Not familiar with Wei's work? Be sure to check out "In the Mood for Love", "Chungking Express" and "Fallen Angels".