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Chungking Express [DVD] [1995] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu Wai Leung, Faye Wong, Valerie Chow
  • Directors: Kar Wai Wong
  • Writers: Kar Wai Wong
  • Producers: Jeffrey Lau, Pui-Wah Chan, Yi-kan Chan
  • Format: Anamorphic, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: Cantonese Chinese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Miramax
  • DVD Release Date: 21 May 2002
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000065V38
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 170,743 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 4 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
Chungking Express is a film about time and coincidence... a continuation of the themes and images developed in the director's first masterpiece, Days Of Being Wild, and a precursor to the ideas and cinematic ideologies that will carry through to his greatest films, In The Mood For Love, and 2046. Unlike those two projects, which seem completely internal in the way in which they blur the emotional points-of-view of their characters - by slipping between the various narrative layers - the basic set-up here is simple... two Hong Kong cops, consumed by melancholic romanticism, wander through a labyrinthine city like Ghosts, haunted by their individual, though ultimately quite similar memories of lost love. Their paths cross on two separate occasions, but never intervene. Instead, the two stories are presented separately, one after the other, with each story presenting various echoes of a theme that ripples throughout.
The style of the film is very much indebted to the style of the French New Wave of the early 1960's, with Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle making great use of the available lighting and mobile, handheld cameras, to capture the action in a very fast, very kinetic kind of style. Thus, those only familiar with Wong's more recent films (which benefit from larger budgets and longer periods of production) might be surprised at how ramshackle and idiosyncratic this earlier work is... with Wong pretty much devising the whole film during a break in post-production on his epic historical piece, Ashes of Time, and apparently writing most of the scenes in the afternoons, then hitting the streets to film them that same night.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mark Barry HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 25 Feb 2014
Format: Blu-ray
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of "Chungking Express".

At present this movie is available on BLU RAY in the States and Europe.
But therein lies a problem for UK buyers - which issue to buy?

Unfortunately the desirable USA Criterion issue is REGION-A LOCKED.
So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't).
Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

Luckily the nicely presented REGION B issue will play on UK machines.

Check you’re purchasing the right issue before you plumb for the pricey and non-returnable Criterion release...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keith M on 30 Nov 2012
Format: DVD
This 1994 film from ace Hong Kong film-maker Wong Kar-Wai is an amazing piece of cinema. Quite frankly, given the film's obvious nods to the 'video generation' of film-makers, it is something I might ordinarily detest, but somehow Wong has instead produced an enigmatic and poignant gem. In fact, despite the obvious qualities of much of Wong's other works, perhaps most notably 2000's In The Mood For Love, Chungking Express remains my personal favourite of his films.

Of course, the film (along with many others from this director) has been accused of being a representation of style over substance and, whilst I would agree his innovative style and approach is very much an acquired taste, the simple love stories at the heart of Chungking Express are, for me, brilliantly evocative and poignant, in this respect almost (but not quite) placing the film on a par with a masterpiece such as Jean Vigo's L'Atalante. The other outstanding feature of the film is the vibrant use of music (here featuring The Mamas And The Papas' California Dreamin and Faye Wong's brilliant cover of The Cranberries' Dreams, along with songs by Dennis Brown and Dinah Washington), making it along with Michael Winterbottom's Wonderland (featuring its Michael Nyman score), my favourite film/soundtrack combination of the last 20 years.

The narrative of Chungking Express (such as it is) follows two love stories - the first featuring Cop 223, the love-struck, but jilted, He Zhiwu, played with youthful innocence by Takeshi Kaneshiro, who happens upon a glamorous, sunglasses-wearing drug dealer and murderer, played with a sultry world-weariness by Brigitte Lin.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. E. Holden on 14 Dec 2003
Format: VHS Tape
A delicious little film. Two halfs, two romances, three tunes. The film is not necessarily a coherent whole, but works like a book containing two very good short storys. The second is far superior, with California Dreaming and that good song the Cranberries did combining with New Wave like cinematography and a rather beautiful love story. Tony Leung is as superb as ever and is involved with the stunning and vibrant Faye Wang. He is a cop and she is a shop girl, not much tends to happen between them apart from her serving him hot dogs. But the chemistry is brilliantly captured along with the general dreaming of betterment, captured by dreams of escape and the classic California Dreaming. The film will certainly leave you smiling and thinking of the east in a new light.
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