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Chung Hing sam lam
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Release Date:
8 March 1996 (USA) See more »
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If my memory of her has an expiration date, let it be 10,000 years...
Plot:
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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Awards:
9 wins & 11 nominations See more »
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Achingly beautiful film-making See more (152 total) »

Cast

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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 Pang Yee Wah .... production supervisor (as Jacky Pang)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Johnnie Kong .... first assistant director
Shaoting Zeng .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Ging-Fai Law .... assistant art director
Yat-Sang Pang .... assistant art director
Kwok Keung Tsui .... assistant art director
 
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content
Runtime:
Hong Kong:98 min | 102 min (international version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The title is an amalgamation of two "landmarks" in Hong Kong. 1) Chungking Mansions, a drug-filled, rundown hostel populated by Indians, Pakistanis and Nepalese. 2) Midnight Express, a Indian fastfood store in Lan Kwai Fong, a major bar district populated by foreign yuppies (Tony Leung vists California, a bar located directly across the street from it).See more »
Goofs:
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 »
Quotes:
Cop663:On board every flight, there's one stewardess you long to seduce.See more »
Movie Connections:
References Midnight Express (1978)See more »
Soundtrack:
BaroqueSee more »

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28 out of 33 people found the following review useful.
Achingly beautiful film-making, 19 March 2004
Author: cirving39 from Liverpool, England

Masterful Hong Kong film-maker Wong Kar Wai understands that love is about the unspoken moments between people, the hidden gestures betraying loneliness. Chungking Express is a unique expression of such notions of love. The film doesn't pretend that love is all-embracing and constant, in the way so many predictable films would suggest. Love, for the protagonists of this film, comes and goes between subtle glances - always elusive. Indeed if a level of contentment can be reached at all for these characters - it is a fleeting moment, a memory of a song, the way that somebody smells. There are so many essential moments in this film - when Dinah Washington's 'What a difference a day makes' plays over two lovers cavorting, the moments when characters talk to inanimate objects to overcome their loss of love, the brief glances between the second policeman and the waitress across the counter of the fast-food restaurant. It has been dismissed as an exercise in style over substance by many, mainly due to the hypnotic way in which the film is shot and the lack of a real story as such. I don't feel the need to defend it from these accusations because the beauty of the film is there on the screen and nothing I have said or could say could really do it justice. It breaks my heart every time.

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