Chungking Express (1994)
"Chung Hing sam lam" (original title)

PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Romance  |  8 March 1996 (USA)
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Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.



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Complete credited cast:
Woman in blonde wig (as Ching-hsia Lin)
Air Hostess
Chen Jinquan ...
Lee-Na Kwan ...
Richard (as Guan Lina)
Zhiming Huang ...
Liang Zhen ...
The 2nd May
Songshen Zuo ...


Wong Kar-Wai's movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. He purchases a tin of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 each day for a month. By the end of that time, he feels that he will either be rejoined with his love or that it too will have expired forever. The second half shows Cop 663 dealing with his breakup with his flight attendant girlfriend. He talks to his apartment furnishings until he meets a new girl at a local lunch counter. Written by Tad Dibbern <>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


If my memory of her has an expiration date, let it be 10,000 years...


Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chungking Express  »

Box Office


SGD 167,000 (Singapore)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


The script for arose within the two month period when production on Wong Kar-Wai's film Ashes of Time was slow and was interrupted for those two months. Wong Kar-Wai need a script to fulfill his contract for a second feature. Chungking Express is that second feature. See more »


The woman in the blonde wig had no apparent opportunity to get the beeper number except from Cop 223 himself the night before, and he wouldn't have started to abandon his beeper as useless if he had just given someone new the number. See more »


He Zhiwu, Cop 223: Do you... like pineapple?
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Just beautiful.
11 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Awesome. Amazing film; the second half of which far outweighs the first. Beautiful. Wong Kar Wai's film fills you with the kind of warmth that only Amelie can bestow. Fast-paced but with incredible cinematography and soundtrack. Well worth checking out; if only to say you've seen one of Quentin Tarrantino's favourite films. It's this type of film that puts others to shame. This is how a film should be; exhilarating, exciting and beautiful to-boot. The stories are told with such depth that you can't help but pick out new things every time you view it. A film like this is one that never gets boring; no matter how many times you've seen it. (I'm on my 8th)

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