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Chungking Express (1994)

Chung Hing sam lam (original title)
PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Romance | 8 March 1996 (USA)
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.

Director:

(as Kar Wai Wong)

Writer:

(as Kar Wai Wong)
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Cast

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Woman in blonde wig (as Ching-hsia Lin)
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Richard (as Guan Lina)
Zhiming Huang ...
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Liang Zhen ...
The 2nd May
Songshen Zuo ...
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Storyline

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...

Genres:

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

Gross:

$600,200 (USA)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A third segment was written but Kar-Wai Wong felt that the film was complete without it. The third story formed the basis of Fallen Angels (1995). 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

[223 leaves the store]
He Zhiwu, Cop 223: Somehow everything comes with an expiry date. Swordfish expires. Meat sauce expires. Even cling-film expires. Is there anything in the world which doesn't?
[223 gives a can of pineapple to a passing street person. The street person looks at the can and throws it on the ground]
Street person: It's expired. Don't want it.
He Zhiwu, Cop 223: You sure?
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Connections

Referenced in He Died with a Felafel in His Hand (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Know Oneself and Each Other
Written by the Cocteau Twins
Performed by Faye Wong
(cover of "Bluebeard" by the Cocteau Twins)
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User Reviews

More than meets the eye in unusual tale of two HK cops
14 January 1999 | by (Fargo, North Dakota) – See all my reviews

Wong Kar Wai triumphs stylistically in Chungking Express, a beautiful movie that places two fingers right on the throbbing pulse of what it means to be lovesick. Some viewers will not appreciate the director's decision to fracture the narrative into two distinct stories, but multiple viewings should cure any doubts. Hypnotic editing and camerawork capture a mood and tone that is equal parts Blade Runner and Breathless, and the principal performers are all delightful to watch. Memorable use of music additionally adds to the film's strength, along with a number of unique vignettes and quirks of character (think expired canned pineapple, a toy airplane and new additions to a fish tank, for example) that take unsuspecting audiences by surprise.


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