Karwai Wong attempts to use his sunglasses to cover up his complicated and delicate feelings of emotion. However, these things are exposed in his films and sometimes vented abstemiously. In Fallen Angels, Leon Lai is a professional killer and Michele Reis is a person who assigns tasks to him. They are a pair of tacit partners, but they have never met each other. They know they can’t have feelings for each other as they are best partners. However, it does not mean that they will not fall in love with each other. Michele Reis is afraid to face Leon Lai, but she studies the rubbish left by him with feelings so as to approach this man. Infatuated with him, she even tosses and turns in the bed where Leon Lai slept. Surely, this kind of feeling is deep and real, but silly. People are so vulnerable, sometimes they would rather suffer themselves and pay than verify their feelings and make a confession of love (Griffiths et al, 2013). They hide their inner desires for fear of rejection, which is also the sadness of humanity.
In Ashes of Time, Karwai Wong said through the Venomous West Ouyang Feng, “I have heard that the only thing we can do is not to forget when we do not own something anymore.” Perhaps, it is an explanation made by Karwai Wong for his view of time and space. Only in memory, time really belongs to us and can be controlled at will. The characters in the films of Karwai Wong have a common characteristic. Namely, they are struggling in memory and oblivion. As an active choice, they are trying to forget.
However, “All of the memories are wet.” (2046) “The more you want to know whether you have forgotten something, the clearer you remember it.” (Ashes of Time) As a matter of fact, none of the characters in the films of Karwai Wong really forget. Doesn’t Hooligan who pretends to be natural and unrestrained also say that “I will remember what should be remembered forever?”Fallen Angels further expounds the meaning of “memory”. Memory has the meaning of random recurrence and transcendence of death when the mute Wu (played by Takeshi Kaneshiro) replays the video of his father again and again and exchanges with his father in the past memories. Only memories can enable the past time to be vivid, concrete and fresh again.
In the film 2046, Karwai Wong weaves a time network with tangled reality and fiction as well as the present and future. His favorite characters appear one by one and tirelessly tell about their past stories. In the beginning, the film clearly explains it is nothing but another story about memories through a monologue, ‘In the year 2046, every railway network spreads the globe. A mysterious train leaves 2046 every once in a while. Every passenger who goes to 2046 has the same intention. They want to recapture lost memories (Berry, 2011). Because there is nothing that ever changes in 2046. Nobody really knows if that is true, because nobody has ever come back.’ At the end of the film, the narratage of Chow Mo-wan (played by Tony Leung) with the same content echoes with that, which again intensifies the theme of memory. In this story, everyone is a prisoner of memories. In the present of reality or imaginary future of 2046, what they do is nothing more than picking up lost memories. The whole film 2046 is full of memories and innuendos. According to the words of Karwai Wong, ‘it is a summary of the films directed by him.’