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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.

Director:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)

Writer:

Kar-Wai Wong (as Kar Wai Wong)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Brigitte Lin ... Woman in blonde wig (as Ching-hsia Lin)
Tony Chiu-Wai Leung ... Cop 663 (as Tony Chiu Wai Leung)
Faye Wong ... Faye
Takeshi Kaneshiro ... He Zhiwu, Cop 223
Valerie Chow ... Air Hostess
Jinquan Chen Jinquan Chen ... Manager of 'Midnight Express'
Lee-Na Kwan Lee-Na Kwan ... Richard (as Guan Lina)
Zhiming Huang Zhiming Huang ... Man
Liang Zhen Liang Zhen ... The 2nd May
Songshen Zuo Songshen Zuo ... Man
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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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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If my memory of her has an expiration date, let it be 10,000 years...

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Hong Kong

Release Date:

8 March 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Chungking Express See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$600,200
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Jet Tone Production See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (international)

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A third segment was written but Kar-Wai Wong felt that the film was complete without it. The third story formed the basis of Fallen Angels (1995). 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: If memories could be canned, would they also have expiry dates? If so, I hope they last for centuries.
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Alternate Versions

The original Hong Kong release ran 98 minutes. 'Kar Wai Wong' made several changes to the international version, bringing the running time to 102 minutes:
  • The international version expands the scenes where The Blonde prepares for the smuggling trip and later searches for the smugglers.
  • Indian music plays during the smugglers' arrival at the airport in international prints; in the Hong Kong version, the title theme plays.
  • The international version includes the kidnapping of an Indian girl, which does not occur in the Hong Kong version.
  • The sequence with Zhiwu loitering outside his girlfriend's window appears earlier in international edit.
  • In the Hong Kong version, the Faye Wong cover of "Dreams" plays over the shot of 663 drinking coffee. The international version strips out the music (leaving only ambient noise), although "Dreams" still appears at the end of the film. The international cut is Wong's preferred version and has been used for most home video releases. The Hong Kong cut was released on VHS/laserdisc by World Video and on VHS/LD/DVD by Mei Ah.
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Connections

Referenced in In the Mood for Love (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Know Oneself and Each Other
Written by the Cocteau Twins
Performed by Faye Wong
(cover of "Bluebeard" by the Cocteau Twins)
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Just beautiful.
11 January 2005 | by prophecy_girlSee all my reviews

Awesome. Amazing film; the second half of which far outweighs the first. Beautiful. Wong Kar Wai's film fills you with the kind of warmth that only Amelie can bestow. Fast-paced but with incredible cinematography and soundtrack. Well worth checking out; if only to say you've seen one of Quentin Tarrantino's favourite films. It's this type of film that puts others to shame. This is how a film should be; exhilarating, exciting and beautiful to-boot. The stories are told with such depth that you can't help but pick out new things every time you view it. A film like this is one that never gets boring; no matter how many times you've seen it. (I'm on my 8th)


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