Wong Kar-Wai, big on the romantic melodrama. Art cinema combined with commercial cinema-- In the Mood for Love is a romantic melodrama with big-name stars, but some art cinema conventions:
intentional obscuring of cheating spouses, other events, tons of dead time, sense of alienation, loneliness, longing, slow motion-- "cinema of time"
motifs of cigarette smoke, clocks, symbolizing time passing
Ambiguity of structure (Godard debt)
"glimpse" style: focusing on a detail of environment or body-- fragments of a scene
Apertures: shooting characters through doorways, windows, reflections, glass (French impressionism)-- resembles an indistinct memory-- "looking through a dusty window pane"