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"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"
on January 7, 2007
"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.
The other story is about Cop 663, Chiu Wai (Tony Leung ), that broke-up with his flight attendant girlfriend (Valerie Chow), and sums up their relationship in a few words, saying "I thought we'd stay together for the long haul, flying like a jumbo jet on a full tank. But we changed course". He is so sad that he begins to talk to his furniture, and doesn't even realize that Faye (Faye Wong), the young woman that works at the deli where he buys his dinner, has fallen in love with him.
What will happen with these two men and the people their love, or that love them? To know that, you have to watch "Chungking Express". Please pay attention to the beautiful dialogue, and the kaleidoscopic filmaking. I promise "Chungking Express" will be many things, but never boring. Recommended :)