Jenkins credits Kar-wai's fourth movie Chungking Express as his introduction to foreign films, and helping him realize that film could transcend language. "I don't speak Mandarin or Cantonese, [at that time] I'd never been out of the state of Florida, and I'm watching this film and I'm feeling these things," he says.
Kar-wai's 2000 film In The Mood For Love receives the highest praise from Jenkins. "I can't even touch that film. I gotta do this for at least another 40 years before I can even come close." He especially admires how the film visualizes memory, our reactions to the present moment, and the emotional lives of its characters.
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