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Chung Hing sam lam
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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 & 11 nominations See more »
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One of my favorite films... 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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1.66 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
Quentin Tarantino signed a deal with Miramax specially to start his own releasing company so that he could get Chungking Express (1994) out to a wider public.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: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 Postman Blues (1997)See more »
Soundtrack:
BaroqueSee more »

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6 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
One of my favorite films..., 3 May 2010
Author: aerovertice from Houston, TX.

Chungking express is one of my all time favorite films. It is a story of human despair and loneliness told with a good measure of comedy; as such, it can be seen as a spin-off of the black comedy, which usually deals with more morbid issues such as death. Although Chungking Express dwells on human despair, there is always a lingering feeling of hopefulness. When you see a down-trodden person, there are three ways to go about: you could either walk past the person with an air of apathy, you could kick him while he is down, or you could wrap your arms around him and hoist him up; this film is the kind of film that sympathizes with the characters and attempt to hoist them up. It shows the audience that sadness and desolation are natural parts of life, but what one must always strive to do is look forward with optimism.

The direction of the movie is excellent. The camera works in such a way that it feels as though you, an audience member, is right in on the action, standing beside the characters as an observer; as such, the movie has a deep, subjective feel to it. The movie is jarring at times, but that adds to that subjective experience. There are various points where the movie jumps ahead in timeline in very quick succession, giving the audience the feeling of the fleeting nature of time. The movie does not spoon-feed you, rather, it asks you to think and to feel. The acting feels very natural, almost improvisational, and it is required for a movie such as this. Wong Kar Wai, one of the auteurs of world cinema, has made many great movies since, but to this day, Chungking Express stands out as his best, and one of the best movies, in my opinion, of all time.

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