- 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, Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
- Language: Cantonese Chinese
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Miramax
- Release Date: May 21 2002
- Run Time: 102 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000065V38
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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 --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.
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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 :)
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we endure what's given to us,this is what these two stories are trying to...Read more
Comedy, Drama, Mystery, 102 minutes, Cantonese Language
Directed by Wong Kar-Wai
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