Chungking Express

Chungking Express

4.8 5
Director: Wong Kar-Wai

Cast: Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Faye Wong

     
 

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A Hong Kong fast food restaurant acts as the link between two unusual stories of police officers in love in this eccentric, stylish comedy-drama. Director Wong Kar-Wai plays freely with traditional narrative structure, dividing his film into two loosely connected segments. The first centers on a depressed cop struggling to come to termsSee more details below

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A Hong Kong fast food restaurant acts as the link between two unusual stories of police officers in love in this eccentric, stylish comedy-drama. Director Wong Kar-Wai plays freely with traditional narrative structure, dividing his film into two loosely connected segments. The first centers on a depressed cop struggling to come to terms with a recent break-up. His sad isolation is transformed when he encounters a beautiful, mysterious femme fatale, whose involvement with the criminal underworld proves troublesome for both. The second story explores the odd relationship between a female restaurant worker and another recently jilted police officer. The strange woman decides to regularly clean and redecorate the man's apartment in his absence, allowing the two to form a close intimacy without meeting face to face. Both stories present a beautifully atmospheric look at modern urban life and romance, with its combination of isolation and casual, unexpected meetings. Chungking Express came to the attention of American audiences thanks to the efforts of director Quentin Tarantino, whose own brand of fractured storytelling and urban cool owes a debt to Wong Kar-Wai.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jonathan Crow
At a time when Hong Kong cinema was known more for its pyrotechnics and jaw-dropping feats of physical daring than for sensitive explorations of the human condition, Chungking Express was a revelation to both domestic and international audiences. The film swept the 1995 Hong Kong Film Academy awards and established director Wong Kar-wai as one of world cinema's most adventurous and influential filmmakers. Ironically, Chungking Express was made on a whim when Wong had a three-month break from his famously troubled production of Ashes of Time (1994). In contrast to the somber, weighty tone of that film, Wong wanted to make a film that was light, funny, and even whimsical. Writing the script during the day while shooting at night, he allowed himself to abandon the rigid confines of conventional narrative for a looser, more thematic structure. Consisting of two similar but unrelated stories, the film details the lonely lives of four of Hong Kong's most isolated, disconnected inhabitants as they cross paths. The characters' sole commonality is Hong Kong's urban landscape, which swoons with neon-lit melancholy thanks to Australian cinematographer Christopher Doyle's eye-popping camerawork. The result is a film infused with the melancholy of random, fleeting urban encounters as it also crackles with a rare vitality, reflecting both the conflicting emotions of city life in general and the bustle and uncertainty of Hong Kong in the anxious years leading up to its 1997 handover to China.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2008
UPC:
0715515033220
Original Release:
1994
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:42:00

Special Features

New, restored high-definition digital transfer with Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack supervised by Director Wong Kar-wai; ; Audio Commentary featuring noted Asian cinema critic Tony Rayns; ; A 1996 episode of the British television series Moving Pictures featuring interviews with Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle; ; U.S. Theatrical Trailer; New and improved English subtitle translation; ; Plus: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Amy Taubin

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Brigitte Lin Woman in blonde wig
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai Cop 663
Faye Wong Faye
Takeshi Kaneshiro He Quiwu, Cop 223
Valerie Chow Air Hostess

Technical Credits
Wong Kar-Wai Director,Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Frankie Chan Score Composer
William Chang Costumes/Costume Designer,Editor,Production Designer
Kwong Chi-Leung Editor
Christopher Doyle Cinematographer
Roel A. Garcia Score Composer
Hai Kit-Wai Editor
Andrew Lau Cinematographer
Chan Pui-Wah Producer
Chan Yi-Kan Producer

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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Chungking Express
1. 001 cm [2:49]
2. May [3:12]
3. Benjamins and Lifestyles [6:27]
4. Deadlines [4:48]
5. Expiration [2:34]
6. Hits [2:21]
7. Thirty Cans [4:03]
8. The First Woman [6:35]
9. Room Service [3:44]
10. Happy Birthday [2:21]
11. Changes [2:00]
12. Another Man [5:19]
13. Flights [4:21]
14. Canceled [3:07]
15. Loneliness [2:45]
16. Helping Hands [2:17]
17. Dreamer [3:59]
18. Excuses [3:07]
19. Home Improvement [4:30]
20. Stuck [5:10]
21. Noticing Things [4:47]
22. Caught [4:15]
23. California [3:26]
24. Washed-Out [3:26]
25. One Year [3:42]
26. New Destination [1:08]
1. Two Parts [2:49]
2. Locations/ Takeshi Kaneshiro [3:12]
3. Wally Matt [6:27]
4. Haruki Murakami/ Brigitte Lin [4:48]
5. Visual Innovation [2:34]
6. Expectations [2:21]
7. Original Idea [4:03]
8. Beginnings [6:35]
9. Filler [3:44]
10. Lines/Password [2:21]
11. Fantasy [2:00]
12. Rapturous Filmmaking [5:19]
13. Faye Wong/ Backstory [4:21]
14. Christopher Doyle [3:07]
15. Unexpected Hit [2:45]
16. Smart Scripting [2:17]
17. Apartment/ Tony Leung [3:59]
18. Repetition and Variation [3:07]
19. Obsession/ William Chang [4:30]
20. Breaks [5:10]
21. Payoff [4:47]
22. Convergence [4:15]
23. Striking Effect [3:26]
24. Metamorphosis/ Premiere [3:26]
25. Emigration [3:42]
26. Reversals/ Benchmark [1:08]

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