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Release Date:
8 March 1996 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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 & 18 nominations See more »
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Express Chungking Express 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 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
Ging-Fai Law .... assistant art director
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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MPAA:
Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content
Runtime:
102 min | Hong Kong:98 min | 102 min (international version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »

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Trivia:
The film was shot in 23 days.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:
He Zhiwu, Cop 223:In May's eyes, I'm no different from a can of pineapple.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Chinese Eye (2004)See more »
Soundtrack:
Dream PersonSee more »

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99 out of 110 people found the following review useful.
Express Chungking Express, 13 April 2001
Author: CardMastah from Ithaca, NY

Every day we interact with people. Within the course of 24 hours we can influence someone's life (for better or worse) so deeply that they will never forget us. Is it possible that the next person you fall in love with could be a notorious heroin smuggler or the counter girl at the express luncheonette counter? Wong Kar-Wai, the writer/director of Chungking Express seems to think so. The film is broken into two tales. The first story is mainly about the sadder side of love. Love comes and brings us light and joy, but it also goes and leaves us feeling empty and needing fulfillment. The two main characters in this half of the film, a police officer played dolefully by Takeshi Kaneshiro, and a heroin smuggler played icily by Bridgitte Lin, interact for only ten percent of the story, but their meeting leaves them both with memories that will last life time. The story ends on a high note that shows us that a simple act of kindness can bring the most unreceptive people to appreciate the beauty hidden in life. The second (and far stronger) story centers around two people and their interaction at a fast food counter in the Kwaloon section of Hong Kong. Tony Leung plays the part of a rejected lover perfectly and gives of the air of being sad without ever really being pathetic. Faye Wang's quirky portrayal of the free-spirited counter girl who helps Leung forget about his ex-girlfriend, is exactly what the film needed to counter-balance its darker first half. These characters and their bizarre relationship illustrates that love can manifest itself in any number of ways, many of them unconventional. The mechanism that allows these seemingly disjointed stories together is the camera work. Wong Kar-Wai uses a decidedly unique filming technique for much of the first half of the film; a blurry hand-held technique (think Blaire Witch on drugs) used during the chase scenes. The recurring style in the second half is a time-lapse type shot with people around the main subjects moving very fast and the subjects themselves moving in slow motion (a really cool effect). The camera styles add a common surreal element to each of the stories, while still keeping them somewhat independent. Perhaps the most striking element of the film is the interconnectedness of the characters and situations. There are many establishing shots showing characters inhabiting the same places at different times, and even the same places at the same times without noticing each other. This style of filming can alter the viewer's perception of reality, daring us to believe that we are all extras in somebody else's movie.

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