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Release Date:
8 March 1996 (USA) See more »
If my memory of her has an expiration date, let it be 10,000 years...
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Brigitte Lin ... Woman in blonde wig (as Ching-hsia Lin)

Tony Chiu Wai Leung ... Cop 663

Faye Wong ... Faye

Takeshi Kaneshiro ... He Zhiwu, Cop 223

Valerie Chow ... Air Hostess
Chen Jinquan ... Manager of 'Midnight Express'
Lee-Na Kwan ... Richard (as Guan Lina)
Zhiming Huang ... Man
Liang Zhen ... The 2nd May
Songshen Zuo ... Man
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Vickie Eng ... Bar Maid (uncredited)

Lynne Langdon ... Complaining Customer (uncredited)

Directed by
Kar Wai Wong 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Kar Wai Wong 

Produced by
Pui-Wah Chan .... executive producer
Yi-kan Chan .... producer
Jeffrey Lau .... producer
Original Music by
Frankie Chan  (as Fan-Kei Chan)
Michael Galasso 
Roel A. García 
Cinematography by
Christopher Doyle 
Wai-Keung Lau 
Film Editing by
William Chang 
Kit-Wai Kai 
Chi-Leung Kwong 
Production Design by
William Chang 
Art Direction by
Wai Ming Yau 
Costume Design by
William Chang 
Makeup Department
Lee-Na Kwan .... makeup artist (as Guan Lina)
Zhenglin Li .... hair stylist
Yuhao Wu .... hair stylist
Production Management
Jacky Yee Wah Pang .... production supervisor (as Jacky Pang)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Johnnie Kong .... first assistant director
Shaoting Zeng .... assistant director
Art Department
Angelo Castilho .... assistant art director (as Ging-Fai Law)
Yat-Sang Pang .... assistant art director
Kwok Keung Tsui .... assistant art director
Sound Department
Tat Leung .... sound recordist
Special Effects by
Weijue Deng .... special effects
Yunda Ding .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Xiaolong Cheng .... visual effects
Editorial Department
Joe Gawler .... video colorist
Music Department
Noor Jehan .... playback singer (as Nurjehan)
Other crew
Michel Burstein .... press attache: France
Keung Chan .... script continuity
Ye-cheng Chan .... presenter
Johnnie Kong .... production advisor
Norman Law Man .... planner
Ji-ling Ng .... caterer
Yuen-Tai Ting .... technical advisor

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chung Hing sam lam" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Chung King Express" - Hong Kong (English title)
"Hong Kong Express" - Europe (English title)
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Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content
102 min | Hong Kong:98 min | 102 min (international version)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Since Chungking Express was filmed in sequence or "like a road movie" as Wong Kar-Wai has said, Wong wrote each scene either the night before or on the morning on the day of filming.See more »
Plot holes: 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:If memories could be canned, would they also have expiry dates? If so, I hope they last for centuries.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Amélie (2001)See more »
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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Did I just watch 2 movies?, 13 April 2001
Author: Aaron Diamond ( from U.S.A.

Chongqing senlin, released in 1994 and directed by Kar-wai Wong, takes place in Hong Kong and is the classic love struggle/heroine smuggling film. To say this film is unique is an understatement. While Chongqing senlin drastically deviates from traditional Hollywood blockbusters, it is still able to provide as much excitement as Armageddon and as much confusion as Waterworld.

The plot connects two storylines, one of which revolves around a blond wigged woman, played by Brigitte Lin, who is hired to smuggle heroine out of Hong Kong. The other focuses on young Cop 223, named He Zhiwu played by Takeshi Kaneshiro, who has just broken up with his girlfriend of 5 years. Depressed and lonely, Cop 223 decides to buy a can of pineapple, his ex-girlfriend May's favorite fruit, every day until May 1.

Wong strings the two stories along using mixes of handheld camera and set shots, normal film, video, and pixilated images. The plot of the film is interesting and gripping, as well as hard to follow, but the true nature of the film comes through in the actual film itself. The direction and cinematography are both superb, and for viewers looking to appreciate a well made movie Chongqing senlin should satisfy, but for average Joe this film may rate somewhere near The Postman.

Chungking Express, released in 1994 and directed by Kar-wai Wong, takes place in Hong Kong and is the classic girl meets guy, girl likes guy, girl breaks into guy's apartment with stolen key and plays with his possessions film. What the film lacks in plot clarity it makes up for in technical excellence.

The plot connects two storylines, one of which revolves around Cop 663, played by Tony Leung Chiu Wai, who breaks up with his airlines stewardess girlfriend. The other story follows a young service industry worker named Faye, played by Hong Kong's pop queen Faye, who falls in love with Cop 663 and does her best to become part of his life without ever needing to talk or be with him by using his apartment only when he's not there.

The two plots entwine and work off of each other but they are slow and unimportant. The commentary on loneliness and depression, and the depiction of the difficulties of real everyday relationships are the true focus of the story, and Wong uses pace and perspective in order to advance these ideas. Chungking Express proceeds slowly and deliberately, creating a sense of repetitiveness that adds to the feeling of depression showed by Cop 663. The film also uses a lot of hand held camera, which allows the audience to lose themselves further in the frustrations of the relationships. While Chungking Express may be too slow paced and trivial for Hollywooded viewers, film buffs and aficionados would be interested by its unique film style.

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