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Chungking Express (1994)

Chung Hing sam lam (original title)
PG-13 | | Crime, 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.

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Cast

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Woman in blonde wig (as Ching-hsia Lin)
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Cop 663 (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
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Richard (as Guan Lina)
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Liang Zhen ...
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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...

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Crime | Drama | Romance

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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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Chungking Express  »

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$600,200 (USA)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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

He Zhiwu, Cop 223: At the high point of our intimacy, we were just 0.01cm from each other. I knew nothing about her. Six hours later, she fell in love with another man.
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Connections

References Midnight Express (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

What a Difference a Day Makes
Written by Stanley Adams and María Grever
Performed by Dinah Washington
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Stylish, Energetic, Heartbreaking and Hopeful
5 September 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie will not appeal to everyone.

This is two stories in one. I've heard a lot of people saying the second half was better, but I thought both parts were equally effective.

"Chungking Express" was basically filmed while Wong Kar Wai was on hiatus from the "Ashes of Time" project. It's obvious this film provided the director with an escape, or a freedom of expression that the audience feels from the opening credits until the end of the film.

While the story may feel disjointed - the style is extremely consistent and the pacing and music in the film really balance so nicely here.

I had enjoyed the two films I had seen from this director,"happy together" and "Fallen Angels", but I absolutely loved this one.

There is something very real about this dreamlike world that the director has created here. The acting and writing are sharp, but it is the overall mood/feel of this film that really makes it stand apart.

Won Kar Wai throws in some parallel characters that resemble the leads, and he also jumps time within the main characters lives. Both of these aspects add a little more intrigue to the story.

This is a film that definitely needs repeat viewings to capture all the little nuances.

Proof that when a talented director just throws something together it can be more powerful than an epic that takes years to make.

Could have used a little less of the Chinese version of the Cranberries tune. That's my only gripe.

This film has a few scenes that rank right up there with some of the fondest film memories that I have. This is a GREAT movie.

Very unique, stylish effort.

93/100


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