Wong Kar-wai’s Blossoms Shanghai gets a beautiful first trailer


The might of Wong Kar-wai charges forward with a first trailer for his upcoming series Blossoms Shanghai, spanning multiple decades from the waning days of the Cultural Revolution in the ’60s to the ’90s in its titular city. A tableau of characters and stories, the film stars Hu Ge, Ma Yili, Kris Wu, and Xin Zhilei. The trailer is currently untranslated, and comes from the Twitter account @BlossomsSeries, a fan-managed account.

An official description for the film from Tencent Video reads

BLOSSOMS SHANGHAI tells the story of an enigmatic, self-made millionaire, Mr. Bao (Hu Ge), and his journey of reinvention from a young opportunist with a troubled past to the heights of the gilded city of Shanghai. Set against the backdrop of massive economic growth in 1990’s Shanghai, the series unveils the glamour that follows his dazzling wealth and his entanglement with four fabulous women that represent the pursuits of his life: adventure, honor, love and innocence.

Adapting the novel by Jin Yucheng, the script comes from acclaimed screenwriter Qin Wen, with visual effects by Peter Pau (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon). Described as “the third part of In the Mood for Love and 2046,” it’s going to be remarkable to see the world of such a strong voice in film expand in this new format, and clearly from this new trailer, Blossoms Shanghai looks like a natural evolution of Wong’s masterful direction and style.

As previously reported, Wong also has a feature film version of Blossoms Shanghai in the works, alongside this multi-part series. It’s still not exactly clear whether the two works will overlap in content or how closely they’ll release, but more Wong Kar-wai is hardly something to fuss over.

Blossoms Shanghai, the series, is set to release sometime in 2022, and so is still a ways off. Meanwhile, pore over another gorgeous poster, or check out any of Flixist’s previous coverage of the recent restoration of Wong’s filmography in The World of Wong Kar-Wai.

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Sources: The Film Stage, Twitter (@BlossomsSeries)