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Chungking Express


“We’re all unlucky in love sometimes”

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The whiplash, double-pronged Chungking Express is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant stand, where the ethereal waitress Faye (Faye Wong) works.

Why See This Film

Anything goes in Wong’s gloriously shot and utterly unexpected charmer, which cemented the star status of its gorgeous actors and forever turned canned pineapple and the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” into tokens of romantic longing. Recently voted one of the top 100 films of the 1990s by IndieWire, it’s as fresh now as it was on release.

Wong Kar-wai
Brigitte Lin, Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro
102 minutes
Cantonese with English subtitles

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