"With The Art of Woo, I was trying to make a film in a tradition similar to classics from the '40s and '50s, like Sabrina and Breakfast at Tiffany's. But I also wanted a very strong and sophisticated female lead, and Sook-Yin [Lee] was the perfect person to play this downtown girl who was savvy and something of a ball-buster."
-- Helen Lee
Monk, Katherine. "Romancing the reel: A new crop of female Canadian directors is changing the romance movie mould." Homemaker's Magazine, February-March 2002. (p. 28)