Chungking Express details
|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Faye Wong|
|Run time:||1 hour 40 minutes|
|Rental release:||01 Jul 2001|
|Main languages:||Japanese, Mandarin, Cantonese, English|
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Stunning visuals and an unforgettable performance from Faye WongBy David Gray from Clackmannanshire, Scotland , 02 Sep 2005
[Highly rated reviewer]I think it's fair to say that 'Chungking Express' is a movie more concerned with aesthetics and film technique than conventional plot or character development. I'm usually wary of movies of this type, but I surprised myself a little by liking 'Chungking Express'. Not just liking it, but liking it a LOT. The film deals with two separate love stories, both featuring cops who frequent a takeaway food bar in Hong Kong. The first story features Takeshi Kaneshiro as the cop, and Brigitte Lin as a mysterious blonde wigged woman he encounters in a bar. Lin's character left me cold, but Kaneshiro I liked, especially his jogging to prevent crying, and collecting cans of pineapple to mourn his recent breakup. The story itself however seems rather boring and trying too much to make itself exciting. The second story was much better and makes the movie. Here Tony Leung plays the cop, and Faye Wong is a girl who works at the food bar. Their relationship is very odd and unexpected, and I really enjoyed every minute of it. Leung is easily the best known actor in the movie (Woo's 'Hard-Boiled',etc.). Everybody knows he's good, but Wong (a pop singer, not an actress) is a real revelation. She's incredibly cute, charismatic and sexy, and the scenes featuring 'California Dreaming' will stay with you forever. Anybody watching her will immediately think 'boy, what a star!', but she hasn't really seemed to pursue acting since. Wong is the main reason to watch 'Chungking Express', but there's also some stunning visuals on the screen, and Wong Kar-Wai's style seems to have been quite an influence on the others such as the Pang brothers. I've no doubt that 'Chungking Express' will continue to inspire other film makers in the years to come. It's THAT good!
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A heady trip to Hong KongBy RJNeb2 (1016 reviews) from London , 25 Jul 2013One of the key films in establishing the reputation of its director, it has to be conceded that there isn't a lot of meat here. Divided into two inconclusive stories, the first is about a lovelorn detective attracted to an enigmatic (and criminal) femme fatale while the second tale is about an eccentric fast food worker who is so smitten by a cop that she breaks into his flat and starts remodelling it. Shot in an arresting, very restless style, the film has a feverish feel to it that actually is very representative of what it's like to live in the melting pot of Hong Kong but ultimately its lack of depth is its undoing.
Refreshing & BrilliantBy Scot17 (3 reviews) , 15 Jul 2012This is a refreshing take on life in Hong Kong. Wong Kar-Wai proves how low budgets and fast, free flowing storylines can be highly entertaining! California Dreams.......
ms nice and ms crazyBy juradino (815 reviews) from London , 01 Nov 2011Two stories of cops linked to take away joint that focus on their romantic affairs that are both stylish and melancholic. First involves young cop and lethal businesswoman, second more experienced policeman and young girl in relation that plays like mirror to Play Misty for Me. Starts like French Connection and ends like Mills and Boon.
California Dreaming....By a customer , 27 Aug 2011Chungking Express is a critically acclaimed film by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-Wai. It contains two tenuously linked romantic stories, each involving a Hong Kong policeman. Although the night time scenes and experimental camera shots do have their appeal I found it hard to identify with many of the characters. There is also too much reliance on the pop music soundtrack - by the end of the film I was tired of hearing California Dreaming by The Mamas and the Papas as it is repeated so frequently.
Don't bother watching this film - you will be disappointedBy a customer , 04 Aug 2011What a waste of time! The subtitles were few and far between so it was a matter of guesswork as to what was happening! That really coloured the whole thing for me cos' if you don't know what's going on then there really is very little room for enjoyment.
I won't bother giving this a rating as it certainly doesn't deserve one!
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