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5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of two cops
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...
Published on Feb. 29 2012 by Steven Aldersley

3.0 out of 5 stars Arthouse flick that might not be for everyone's taste
Chungking express has some bizarre yet interesting group of characters.
A lonely, heart-broken cop talks about pineaples, expiry dates on cans and jogging to get rid of his excess body of water so he can't shed tears. he falls in love with an attractive chinese drug smuggler who thinks about liking pineapples one day and liking something else the next.
Published on Sept. 9 2002 by Mark Twain

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1.0 out of 5 stars This snoozer is a loser!, May 27 2002
B. Hollendonner "Chiend" (Mercerville, NJ USA) - See all my reviews
For those of you deciding whether or not to rent this movie and are reading these comments for personal insight, I can help you with these four words: Don't waste your time!
"Chungking Express" was shoddily filmed, slapped together quickly, and gives one the impression the plot could have been conceived by someone standing in line at a Hong Kong Burger King. I can't recall ever watching a film with such an insipid collection of characters! I almost dozed off several times as I watched the one-dimensional cast plod their way through the mundane script.
This embarrassment is an absurd effort with philosophically ridiculous dialogue (a man wanders into his flooded apartment and offers the stunning revelation that "tears can be dried with a tissue, but water takes time to mop up.) The same character is also seen carrying on a deep, meaningful rapport with his towels, soap, stuffed animals, dirty laundry, etc. The shaky, wandering, hand-held camerawork was another annoying feature I could have done without, but the most unbearable part of this artistic disaster is a long, drawn-out sequence where "California Dreaming" by the Mamas and Pappas is played over and over ad nauseam.
Quentin Tarantino was responsible for bringing this loser to America through his Rolling Thunder Productions company, though I can't for the life of me figure out why a man with his vision would bother. He was known to have remarked, "I'm happy to love a movie this much." A lot of us, though, hope he will concentrate on making his audiences happy with more worthy discoveries in the future.
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