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Chungking Express (Widescreen) [Import]

Brigitte Lin , Takeshi Kaneshiro , Kar Wai Wong    PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)   DVD
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Chungking Express tells two stories loosely connected by a Hong Kong snack bar. In one story, a cop who's been recently dumped by his girlfriend becomes obsessed with the expiration dates on cans of pineapple; he's constantly distracted as he tries to track down a drug dealer in a blond 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 movie 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

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie My Friends.. April 23 2014
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
When self deprivation holds the most endearing thing to oneself,some times we explode other times
we endure what's given to us,this is what these two stories are trying to tell us,love can last forever
and never gets old,and sometimes,you just can’t hold on to it,it’s almost like the plague,you don’t
want to touch it anymore,but deep down you still need it,what really played out very well in this,

Is the way it was filmed,especially in the fast sequences scenes,which gives it that old comic book
look of a silhouette,like the thieve in the night,now I know “Wong Kar-Wai”is my favorite Director,
the man took two heart-broken, love stricken men,and end it with a thud,which tells you,hey,do you
think you really know love,
Great Movie My Friends..
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two cops Feb. 29 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
Chungking Express (1994)
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, 102 minutes, Cantonese Language
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai
Starring Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung, Faye Wong and Takeshi Kaneshiro

If you look at the cover of Chungking Express, you will catch a glimpse of some of the stylistic choices made by director Wong Kar-Wai. This is a film that intrigues me because of its style rather than the plot itself. Many of the images are blurred deliberately to reflect Hong Kong's fast-paced life. Other segments are shown in slow motion.

The story is in two parts and shows a glimpse into the lives of two policemen. The first has just broken up with his girlfriend, but he's in denial because it happened on April 1 and she might just be playing a joke on him. He decides to give her one month to reveal that she's joking. As she likes pineapple chunks, he decides to buy one can per day until she comes back to him. The cans must have an expiry date of May 1 as that's when her time expires. When she fails to return, he eats all of the 30 cans in one night. I mention that scene as an example because it demonstrates just how original the script is. The way the characters think and behave is extremely strange and that's part of the reason the film works so well for me.

There are essentially four characters in the movie. The first cop, after eating the 30 cans of pineapple chunks, decides to talk to the next woman he encounters. She turns out to be a drug dealer with an interesting story of her own.

The second story is probably the stronger of the two. It concerns a second cop who is about to break up with his girlfriend. She leaves a letter for him at a food bar he regularly frequents.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful inside view of Hong Kong May 12 2004
Format:VHS Tape
Hong Kong is often a study of the absurd, but it always has a way of captivating you. This movie manages to capture much of both sides of this. While those who know Hong Kong find some of the continuity a little jumpy (how do they get from Hong Kong to Kowloon and back so fast?), it is a gem of a visual introduction to living in the real Hong Kong. Filmed almost entirely within a few blocks around Wellington Street, the escalator and Lan Kwai Fong, you can almost smell the streets as they were 10 years ago. The 2 stories that make up the film are also contrasts - between the sheer pace and mayhem of one to the simple minded childishness of the other. Brilliant.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A top-notch movie March 7 2004
Format:VHS Tape
I love this movie. It has a little bit of everything, love, humour,sadness and adventure. This is a really enjoyable movie about us (humans) and what we are like when no one is watching. Much better than other movies in this genre ie. Lost in translation. This movie always leaves me feeling optimistic. It is a film that is smart and dares to be different. All this is directed with a confident and assured hand that never loses it's focus on what this film is saying. Flawless editing with a great soundtrack. You will not go wrong with this movie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A visual tour de force Oct. 15 2002
Who said Quintin Tarantino could not pick them? This movie, part of his collection of videos that form part of his collection is a visual stunner. Forged around an unconventional approach to romance, Chunking Express is really not the kind of movie you watch one time then walk away. Much like The Vertical Ray of the Sun (also available at Amazon.com) I was left stunned and wondering what I had just experienced. Anyway, I highly recommend it for its almost Trainspotting quality - the pace that is. Enoy it - I did.
Miguel Llora
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good (mostly unknown at the time) Cast. May 23 2009
By Glenn Laycock TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Really nice characters being "showcased". Faye Wong, you will just love her, but the other actors are very good too.

What makes this movie very good is that on the surface it is so simple, you might actually miss the actual substance of the movie if you are not in "thinking mode". Thankfully, the director hits you over the head right off the hop to let you know there is some "meat to chew on" with this movie as the story is just an excuse to: deliver a profound message, show images to give depth to a story, and introduce us to some real talent.

The soundtracks are just outstanding with this director. 2046 is another wonderful soundtrack.
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By M. B. Alcat TOP 1000 REVIEWER
"Chungking Express" is one of Wong Kar Wai's best-known films, and it is a good introduction to the work of this Chinese director. If you only like traditional movies, you will probably not appreciate "Chungking Express". On the other hand, if you are open to the unexpected, you may well fall in love with it.

This film has two different stories, connected by the fact that they are both about love, isolation, hope and despair. The stories are part of the plot, but the important thing here are the characters, and their feelings. You learn about them, and even begin to understand what they feel, thanks at least in part to the fact that you can hear their inner monologues.

The first story is about Cop 223, He Zhiwu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), who has broken up with his long-term girlfriend May, and is terribly sad. He reflects on his love problems, saying that "We split up on April Fool's Day. So I decided to let the joke run for a month. Every day I buy a can of pineapple with a sell-by date of May 1. May loves pineapple, and May 1 is my birthday. If May hasn't changed her mind by the time I've bought thirty cans, then our love will also expire". What can you do, when you watch his character buy lots of cans of pineapple that expire on May 1, believing that doing that will help him to regain May's love? Or when he says things like "We're all unlucky in love sometimes. When I am, I go jogging. The body loses water when you jog, so you have none left for tears"? He is hopeful, but in despair, and the spectator cannot help but feel empathy.
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