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

PG-13  |   |  Drama, Mystery, 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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The 2nd May
Songshen Zuo ...
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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 <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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

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

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8 March 1996 (USA)  »

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SGD 167,000 (Singapore)
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Trivia

The film's split structure came from the need to whip up the movie in short order. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Cop663: We broke up in April's fools day, so I took it as a joke. I'm willing to humor her for a month.
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References A Clockwork Orange (1971) See more »

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California Dreamin'
Written by John Phillips and Michelle Phillips
Performed by The Mamas and the Papas
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The movie and the feeling, both are confusing.

Hmm. I just saw this on tv. Before it started they called it "Hong Kong's Pulp Fiction" and warned the audience for violent scenes. I have no idea why they did that because this was not the action flick I expected, instead I got a romantic film which still kept me interested. Hell, I might even say it touched me a little.

It starts rather uninteresting, the first part being the "thriller" ingredience of this movie, but it got better when we got to meet the first of the lovesick cops. I really liked all the characters except the girl with the wig who just looked stupid and faceless with her big sunglasses on all the time.

Sure some of the shaky camerawork and excessive use of the strob effect were a bit annoying, but the director's playfulness pays off as we get some really cool and original shots as well.

In the end though this movie actually made me feel something and I think you should see it.


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