BLUE IN THE FACE is not exactly a sequel to Wayne Wang's SMOKE, though it was filmed over five days following SMOKE's early wrap. When Wang's extraordinary cast and crew found themselves with a little time, a lot of film stock and plenty of
inspiration on hand, Miramax topper Harvey Weinstein agreed to throw some more cash into the pot to do an improvisational film.
SMOKE was directed by Wang (CHAN IS MISSING, THE JOY LUCK CLUB) from a screenplay by Brooklyn-based novelist Paul Auster. Despite Wang's solid credentials as an auteur, the problem with SMOKE was in its direction -- or nondirection -- of the characters. Stars Harvey Keitel and William Hurt turned