Chungking Express (1994)
Director: Wong Kar-wai Run Time: 103 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 1994
Starring: Brigitte Lin, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Valerie Chow
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese, English, Japanese, Hindi, Mandarin, Punjabi, Urdu
Screening as part of The World of Wong Kar Wai
About the film:
The whiplash, double-pronged Chungking Express is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai an instant icon.
Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant stand, where the ethereal pixie waitress Faye (Faye Wong) works. Anything goes in Wong’s gloriously shot and utterly unexpected charmer, which cemented the sex appeal of its gorgeous stars and forever turned canned pineapple and the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” into tokens of romantic longing.
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