The list of Oscar nominations was released on January 24. "Wonder Woman Plays to Save the Universe" (Everything Everywhere All at Once) starring Michelle Yeoh and Kwan Jiwei received 11 nominations, the most among films this year.
There are many Asians in the film crew. One of the directors, Daniel Kwan, is also Chinese. He comes from a multilingual family and loves Hong Kong martial arts movies. These elements are reflected in the film.
"Wonder Woman Plays to Save the Universe" hit the Oscars strongly, and was shortlisted for Best Film, Best Actress, Best Supporting Actor, Best Supporting Actress and other awards, as well as Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Director and Screenwriter Duo Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert are shortlisted for both awards.
The awards ceremony will be held on the morning of March 28, Hong Kong time.
The film tells the story of Chinese immigrant couple Michelle Yeoh and Kwan Jiwei. The director and one of the screenwriters, Kwan Ka-yung, is also from a Chinese family. This identity also affects his directorial style and makes some elements related to Chinese appear in the film.
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In the movie, Michelle Yeoh's family sometimes speaks English, sometimes Mandarin, and Cantonese. Guan Jiayong said in an interview with the University of Chicago newspaper Chicago Maroon in early 2022 that his own family is exactly like this.
He was born in the United States in 1988, his father's family is from Hong Kong, and his mother's family is from Taiwan, so whenever he goes to his grandparents' house, there will be scenes similar to those in the movie. Guan Jiayong said, "It really feels like we will never be able to Total communication...that's basically an extension of what we're talking about, and it felt really perfect for a movie that's about a multiverse, that's about people from different worlds, speaking different languages, talking to each other."
▼Director and screenwriter duo Kwan Ka-yung and Daniel Scheinert▼
Action scenes learn from Hong Kong films
In the play, Michelle Yeoh and his wife walk around in the multiverse, and there are many martial arts scenes. When Kwan Ka-yung and his partner Daniel Scheinert were interviewed by the US media Deadline in December 2022, they also talked about learning from Hong Kong films.
Daniel Scheinert was asked the secret of shooting kung fu scenes, he laughed and said, "All you need is to rip off Hong Kong movies and hire the right people."
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Kwan also said that his favorite movies when he was growing up were Hong Kong action movies and the action movies of the great director James Cameron (James Cameron).
He also shared in a Hong Kong 01 interview that he had seen all of Jet Li's "Once Upon a Time" movies, and he had a special liking for the series. reference.
In the movie, the scene where Michelle Yeoh changes into ancient costumes and learns martial arts from a white-haired master, or the scene where Michelle Yeoh and Kwan Jiwei use all the tools around them to protect themselves in the office, are all accused of having shadows of Hong Kong action movies.
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