Wong Kar-Wai's celebrated portrait of neon-lit city populated by love-lorn cops, dangerous drug smugglers and California dreamers. The film comprises of two separate stories, the first of which features a cop (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who falls for a mysterious woman (Brigitte Lin) in a late night bar, little knowing that she is a big-time heroin smuggler. The second story features another cop (Tony Leung) who regularly visits a late night diner where he is served by a girl (Faye Wong) who has a huge crush on him; the girl then begins breaking into the cop's apartment, cleaning it for him, and adding little touches to help him get over the departure of his air-stewardess girlfriend.
Chungking Express tells two stories loosely connected by a Hong Kong snack bar. In one, a cop who's been recently dumped by his girlfriend becomes obsessed with the expiry dates on cans of pineapple; he's constantly distracted as he tries to track down a drug dealer in a blonde wig (played by Brigitte Lin, best known from Swordsman II and The Bride with White Hair). Meanwhile, another cop who's recently been dumped by his girlfriend (Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, from John Woo's Hard-Boiled and A Bullet in the Head) mopes around his apartment, talking to his sponge and other domestic objects. He catches the eye of a shop girl (Hong Kong pop star Faye Wang) who secretly breaks in and cleans his apartment. If you're beginning to suspect that neither of these stories has a conventional plot, you're correct. What Chungking Express does have is loads of energy and a gorgeous visual style that never gets in the way of engaging with the charming characters. The film was shot on the fly by hip director Wong Kar-Wai (Happy Together, Ashes of Time), using only available lighting and found locations. The movie's loose, improvisational feel is closer to Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless than any recent film--and that's high praise. Quirky, funny, and extremely engaging, Chungking Express manages to be experimental and completely accessible at the same time. --Bret Fetzer, Amazon.com --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"Chungking Express" is a visual poem to Hong Kong, paying homage to two of its iconic locations. Read morePublished 7 days ago by abkq
To me this is still best Wong Kar Wai film. And one the earliest. It is the film that made me meet this director. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Elleppi
Bought this after my visit to Hong Kong and my facination with Chungking Mansions where a short part of the movie was filmed. Read morePublished 5 months ago by copper4
Great movie ever from Wong KW! No complaint for the quality of BD.Published 7 months ago by Paul Chung
This film is great entertainment and not at all predictable. It is also humorous and lovable and whereas I feel it falls short of what most film buff would regard as a great film,... Read morePublished 10 months ago by LeBrit
I found it difficult to make it through to the end of this posturing piece of Pop cinema from Hong Kong. Read morePublished 24 months ago by Richard
The film is ok, irritating in parts and nowhere near as good as his other work, specifically - In the Mood for Love, thematically or stylistically. Read morePublished on 2 Feb. 2013 by P. Johnson