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Hong Kong

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1994

Rated PG-13 · 1h 42m

Director Wong Kar-wai
Starring Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
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Love and loneliness lead two policemen to two very different women, one a glamorous criminal, the other an ethereal young server at a late-night restaurant. An ode to 1990s Hong Kong and the brief encounters that define young adulthood.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Meagen Tajalle

Unlike Wong Kar-Wai's "Happy Together," which has an unflinching camera and features moments that are as moving as they are difficult to watch, Chungking Express is immediately more familiar as a film, with an everyman protagonist and a mysterious woman donning a blonde wig, trench coat and sunglasses. The audience is drawn in through intrigue rather than exposition. But this film is anything but unoriginal, and the audience is treated to eccentric delights of human nature. Although heartbreak remains the linking through line, the second story is more joyful than it first seems.

Minh Bui

Chungking Express is one of the few films that can make me laugh as much as it makes me cry. Moments of lighthearted humor find their way ever so naturally into this nostalgic, rhythmic, and colorful portrayal of 1990s Hong Kong and its people for whom the daily struggle is coping with loneliness and a burning desire for connection. Wong Kar Wai's iconic cinematography and editing shine in this masterpiece, creating a unique and unforgettable viewing experience.

Hannah Eliot

The characters in "Chungking Express" don’t seem to know who they are. They wander around as loose individuals without families or homes, struggling with heartbreak and desperate for lovers they can never have. All in all, this film is ridiculously beautiful, haunting and surprisingly funny. It's one of my all-time favorites.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

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Slant Magazine by

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To Wong, love isn't something you can talk about; words are inadequate, empty, inevitably reductive. Love is something you see, sense, feel, and Chungking Express is one of Wong's purest evocations of its excitement and heartbreak.

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Variety byDerek Elley

Overall, Wong’s movie doesn’t leave as big a wash behind it as the more ambitious “Days” and his “Mean Streets”-like debut, “As Tears Go By,” but it’s an enjoyable cruise.

88

ReelViews byJames Berardinelli

Wong infuses his films with style and energy. His hand-held camera is restless, always moving and shifting. The action sequences are punctuated with unusual shots and stop-motion jumps. By filming Chungking Express in such rich, vibrant manner, the director uses visual images to underscore his themes.

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The New York Times byJanet Maslin

While its slender, two-tiered plot links love affairs that happen largely by accident, the film's real interest seems to lie in raffish affectation. Mr. Wong has legitimate visual flair, but his characters spend an awful lot of time playing impish tricks.

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Los Angeles Times byKevin Thomas

Chungking Express ravishingly, seductively exudes the immediacy of everyday life as its spins its classically timeless tales of love lost and almost regained.

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Chicago Tribune byMichael Wilmington

Chungking Express is a breezy little Hong Kong movie that has more life, energy, humanity and sheer visual zing than most other shows you'll see in a month or so. And, an hour after watching it, you may indeed be hungry for more. Not necessarily because the show is shallow or unsatisfying, or doesn't leave a strong impression, but because the spontaneity and high energy of it is what's so much fun.

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San Francisco Chronicle byMick LaSalle

For all Wong's energy and virtuosity, the relentless stylishness and whimsicality of Chungking Express become irritating. The cast is appealing -- particularly the forlorn young cops. But the velocity of Wong's attack seems out of proportion to the airy, lightweight quality of the stories.

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Chicago Sun-Times byRoger Ebert

This is the kind of movie you'll relate to if you love film itself, rather than its surface aspects such as story and stars. It's not a movie for casual audiences, and it may not reveal all its secrets the first time through, but it announces Wong Kar-Wai, its Hong Kong-based director, as a filmmaker in the tradition of Jean-Luc Godard.

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San Francisco Examiner byWalter Addiego

This is filmmaking of high energy and wit. What it adds up to is debatable. You can view it as a bright twist on the being-a-cop-is-lonely sort of police picture, or as a mini-anthology of quirky not-quite-love stories. If it's hard to say where Chungking Express arrives, the trip is still exhilarating.

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FAQs

What is the film Chungking Express about? ›

Is Fallen Angels a sequel to Chungking? ›

"Fallen Angels" was Wong Kar-Wai's 1995 'sequel' to "Chungking Express". It takes place one year after the events of CE and the story revolves around three main characters: Leon, the hitman; Michelle, his partner; and Mute, a mute petty criminal.

Why is Chungking Express so good? ›

In his sensitive comedy-drama “Chungking Express” (1994), director Wong Kar-wai uses stunning visuals, layered dialogue, and a unique narrative structure to challenge the boundaries of time and the imagination.

How is Fallen Angels related to Chungking Express? ›

Fallen Angels was originally conceived as the third part of 1994's Chungking Express—a movie divided into two distinct stories linked together primarily through motifs—and an observant viewer could find the traces of that film in this one.

How do you pronounce Chungking? ›

How to pronounce Chungking | English pronunciation - YouTube

Is Chungking Express family friendly? ›

Content: -2 Extreme caution for older teenagers and adults.

What is Wong Kar-wai aesthetic? ›

Wong Kar-Wai is the grandmaster behind the vibrant, dreamy, sensuous aesthetic of Asian cinema. His penchant for a moody, high-contrast mesh of colors translates so well on film, it steals the narrative's spotlight.

Why did Faye leave in Chungking Express? ›

You can think about the soundtrack on a surface level: Faye wants to visit California, so she often plays “California Dreamin. '” Or you can think about it on an emotional level: Faye feels lost in the urban environment of Hong Kong and wishes to escape to the dreamy, sunny land of California.

What to watch if you like Chungking Express? ›

Here are the movies we recommend you watch after Chungking Express (1994). "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas.
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  • The Handmaiden, 2016. ...
  • In the Mood for Love, 2000. ...
  • Fallen Angels, 1995. ...
  • After the Storm, 2016, 2017. ...
  • Yi Yi, 2000, 2020. ...
  • The Act of Killing, 2012. ...
  • Millennium Mambo, 2001. ...
  • Departures, 2008.

Why is Zhiwu mute? ›

The character He Zhiwu, who is mute but able to communicate with the audience through narration, tells us he became mute after eating a tin of pineapple with a past expiration date. A character in the earlier Kar-Wai Wong film, Chungking Express (1994), is obsessed with the expiration dates on tins of pineapple.

Who is Azazel? ›

Azazel, in Jewish legends, a demon or evil spirit to whom, in the ancient rite of Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), a scapegoat was sent bearing the sins of the Jewish people. Two male goats were chosen for the ritual, one designated by lots “for the Lord,” the other “for Azazel” (Leviticus 16:8).

What should I watch before the Fallen Angels? ›

Fallen/dark angels
  • Liliom (1930)
  • Liliom (1934)
  • Dark Angel: The Ascent (1994)
  • The Prophecy (1995)
  • Spawn (1997)
  • Fallen (1998)
  • The Prophecy II (1998)
  • The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)

What is the point of Fallen Angels? ›

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What was the point of Fallen Angels movie? ›

Fallen Angels is the story of a couple: a hit-man and his girlfriend, the other character is a mute and a girl that he meets in a store and finally there's another character that is a young lady that spend some time with the hit-man. This film is about love and also about relationships.

Is fallen angel on Netflix? ›

Watch The Fallen Angel | Netflix.

Why is 2046 rated R? ›

2046 also contains some lurid sexual content, nudity and brief foul language, but ultimately shows the emptiness that comes when men and women cannot make romantic or marital commitments to one another.

Where can I watch Chungking Express? ›

Watch Chungking Express | Netflix.

What does red symbolize in the mood for love? ›

Passion and Desire

Perhaps not surprisingly, red is also linked to passion, love, and desire.

What is step printing? ›

What is Step-Printing ? Step-Printing is basically the duplication of a film frame. When applied to a frame sequence the duplication of multiple film frames stretches the running time of the sequence which creates a sense of slow-motion.

Why is Wong Kar-Wai so famous? ›

Wong Kar-Wai, (born July 17, 1958, Shanghai, China), Chinese film director noted for his atmospheric films about memory, longing, and the passage of time. Wong's family emigrated from Shanghai to Hong Kong in 1963. For many Shanghainese, assimilation of Hong Kong's different dialect and culture was difficult.

Is Wong Kar-wai retired? ›

Wong Kar-wai BBS (born 17 July 1958) is a Hong Kong film director, screenwriter, and producer. His films are characterised by nonlinear narratives, atmospheric music, and vivid cinematography involving bold, saturated colours.
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Wong Kar-wai
OccupationDirector screenwriter producer
Years active1982–present
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How many voiceovers are there in Chungking Express? ›

All four actors have voiceovers (passing the baton like Goodfellas does a little before, but so do films that would come after like The Thin Red Line), WKW spends a little more time on the Tony Leung/Faye Wong story (and I think their achievement is a little greater as well) and that is the segment shot by Christopher ...

Who are the protagonists in Chungking Express? ›

The two male protagonists of Chungking Express – Cop 223 (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and Cop 663 (Leung) – spend their time preoccupied with their own meandering inner monologues, cold-calling old girlfriends or crushes from yesteryear in an attempt to forget about a heartbreak that's sustained their imaginations for far too ...

What is Wong Kar Wai's best film? ›

In the Mood for Love 花樣年華 (2000)

Of course, In the Mood for Love takes the top spot. Not only because it is so often called one of the greatest films of all time, but because it is actually a rather unconventional Wong film that manages the restraint and subtlety that we don't often see in his other films.

Do you need to watch Days of Being Wild before in the mood for love? ›

Probably about anywhere. Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love, and 2046 sort of form a thematic trilogy and I would at least recommend seeing In the Mood for Love before 2046 though. Chungking Express, Days of Being Wild, and In the Mood for Love I would think would all be fine places to start.

What are Wong Kar Wai films about? ›

Wong Kar-wai

How many voiceovers are there in Chungking Express? ›

All four actors have voiceovers (passing the baton like Goodfellas does a little before, but so do films that would come after like The Thin Red Line), WKW spends a little more time on the Tony Leung/Faye Wong story (and I think their achievement is a little greater as well) and that is the segment shot by Christopher ...

What is a Chungking? ›

Definitions of Chungking. a city in south-central China on the Chang Jiang; a commercial center for western China. synonyms: Chongqing. example of: city, metropolis, urban center. a large and densely populated urban area; may include several independent administrative districts.

Who are the protagonists in Chungking Express? ›

The two male protagonists of Chungking Express – Cop 223 (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and Cop 663 (Leung) – spend their time preoccupied with their own meandering inner monologues, cold-calling old girlfriends or crushes from yesteryear in an attempt to forget about a heartbreak that's sustained their imaginations for far too ...

What to watch if you like Chungking Express? ›

Here are the movies we recommend you watch after Chungking Express (1994). "California Dreamin'" by the Mamas and the Papas.
...
  • The Handmaiden, 2016. ...
  • In the Mood for Love, 2000. ...
  • Fallen Angels, 1995. ...
  • After the Storm, 2016, 2017. ...
  • Yi Yi, 2000, 2020. ...
  • The Act of Killing, 2012. ...
  • Millennium Mambo, 2001. ...
  • Departures, 2008.

Why are there so many Indians in Chungking Express? ›

It was a cheap, comfortable place that was welcoming to new arrivals from overseas. This is why so many South Asian entrepreneurs earned the first of their fortunes in Chungking Mansions. Slowly, Chungking Mansions became a gathering place for Indian, Pakistani, and West African immigrants.

Why did Faye leave in Chungking Express? ›

You can think about the soundtrack on a surface level: Faye wants to visit California, so she often plays “California Dreamin. '” Or you can think about it on an emotional level: Faye feels lost in the urban environment of Hong Kong and wishes to escape to the dreamy, sunny land of California.

Why is it titled Chungking Express? ›

The U.S. title suggests the kind of synthetic space that only exists in dreams or movies—Chungking referring to Chungking Mansions, the primary location of the first section, and Express to the Midnight Express, the popular take-out restaurant around which the action of the second part revolves.

What is a chunking brush? ›

MGPS-3CA. Escoda Natural Chungking Bristle Brushes have traditionally been used for decorative painting, but have become popular with oil and acrylics. The bristle is of top-quality natural Shanghai Chungking hog bristle. Escoda specially treats each brush to ensure that it maintains its shape.

What is a hog brush? ›

A brush hog or “bush hog” is a type of rotary mower, typically attached to the back of a farm tractor. The blades are not rigidly attached, like a lawnmower blade, but are on hinges. The rotary blades are not sharpened, and are instead usually quite dull so they whack through dense plant growth.

Who owns Chungking Mansion? ›

Wasim Ahmed and Ghani Rahman become the first two South Asian owners at Chungking Mansions to sit on the organising body of the building, the Incorporated Owners of Chungking Mansions.

What is the meaning of Fallen Angels movie? ›

Fallen Angels throws a wrench into his obsession by presenting a group of characters who, in their own ways, yearn for the opposite: a semblance of stability, in the case of killer; or an emotional connection to one closest to him, in He Zhiwu's case.

Is Chungking Express about loneliness? ›

'Chungking Express' is a film about loneliness, love, loss and the need to connect with others. Divided into two parts (loosely connected to each other), it mixes crime thriller with romantic drama, adding elements of western culture to the environment.

Is Chungking Express a noir? ›

Chungking Express (1994) is a stylish, neo-noir romance written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film consists of two stories told in sequence, each about a lovesick Hong Kong policeman mulling over his relationship with a woman.

What is Wong Kar Wai's best film? ›

In the Mood for Love 花樣年華 (2000)

Of course, In the Mood for Love takes the top spot. Not only because it is so often called one of the greatest films of all time, but because it is actually a rather unconventional Wong film that manages the restraint and subtlety that we don't often see in his other films.

What should I watch before the Fallen Angels? ›

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  • The Prophecy 3: The Ascent (2000)

Do you need to watch Days of Being Wild before in the mood for love? ›

Probably about anywhere. Days of Being Wild, In the Mood for Love, and 2046 sort of form a thematic trilogy and I would at least recommend seeing In the Mood for Love before 2046 though. Chungking Express, Days of Being Wild, and In the Mood for Love I would think would all be fine places to start.

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