by Yuko Shimizu in New Film on Saturday 5 April 2008

There are three movie directors I absolutely trust whenever they put together their soundtracks: Spike Lee, Quentin Tarantino, and Wong Kar-Wai. Never heard of the third one? Well, you will from now on. The king of Hong Kong indie films, with a huge following in Asia, Wong Kar-Wai’s long awaited first English film, My Blueberry Nights, opens in New York today, starring Norah Jones, Jude Law and Natalie Portman. Just like Lee or Tarantino, he is not just known for his innovative film style, but also for his selection of music for his soundtracks. This one is no exception. Starting with Norah Jones and Cat Power, then some ever-cool and chilled Ry Cooder, and some classics from Otis Redding and Cassandra Wilson. This album was instantly put on heavy rotation at my studio.