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Cop 663's apartment is in fact the apartment of Christopher Doyle.
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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 in the morning of the day of filming.
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.
Kaneshiro Takeshi spoke four languages himself in this film. His narrations were all in Mandarin, most of his live lines are in heavily-accented Cantonese, he spoke Japanese when he called one of his ex-girlfriends, and had one line of English when he apprehended a suspect (he said "hands up!" to him). He used all 4 when he approached Bridgett Lin's character.
Faye Wong is better known in Hong Kong as a pop singer. Indeed, that is her singing on the cover version of The Cranberries song "Dreams" that we hear during the film.
Veteran actress Brigitte Lin came out of retirement to have a starring role in the film as the drug smuggler in a blonde wig. She was very eager to work with Kar-Wai Wong.
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).
The film was shot in 23 days.
This film was shot, edited and released while Kar-Wai Wong was on hiatus from the shooting of his epic Dung che sai duk (1994).
Wong Kar-Wai modeled Brigitte Lin's character after Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes's "Gloria", and actress Greta Garbo.
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).
The Chinese title translates as "Chungking Jungle".
The script for arose within the two month period when production on Wong Kar-Wai's film Ashes of Time was slow and was interrupted for those two months. Wong Kar-Wai need a script to fulfill his contract for a second feature. Chungking Express is that second feature.
The film's split structure came from the need to whip up the movie in short order.
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Was the Criterion Collection's first Blu-ray release, along with Bottle Rocket (1996), The Third Man (1949), and The Man Who Fell to Earth (1976). With the exception of the former film, all of the titles have since gone out of print.
Was chosen by Time Magazine as one of the "Best of Film 1996" at position #8 in the in their year end review issue dated December 23, 1996.
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Although the film says it's "introducing" Faye Wong, her first film role was actually in "Beyond's Diary".
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The original ending involved Faye meeting Cop #633 at the airport and the two characters flying off to another country. However, when Wong couldn't agree terms for his ideal location in an airport, he decided to opt for an ambiguous ending.

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