Tittle: Chungking Express
Director: Kar Wai Wong
Release Year: 1994
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.
The film was shot in 23 days.
The title is an amalgamation of two “landmarks” in Hong Kong. Chungking Mansions, a drug-filled, rundown hostel. And Midnight Express, a Indian fast food store in Lan Kwai Fong, a major bar district
Runtime: 102 min
This is a film many people seem to be fond of .And it’s easy to see why. The film revolve around two separate couples The first story is about a love sick detective named He Zhiwu played by Takeshi Kaneshiro meeting a mysterious drug smuggler .The smuggler is known in the credits as Woman in blonde wig played by Brigitte Lin. The second story follows a beat cop named Cop 663 played by Tony Chiu Wai Leung meeting a quirky girl called Faye played by Faye Wong who works in a local food stall. Both sections of the film shares similarity the sense of loneliness and the inability to connect in a metropolis and for both of the male characters the longing for the way things where and past loves.
The film has an amazing sound track with music as varied as resident of Hong Kong where the film is set. Everything from Indian inspired music to a Chinese language cover of the cranberries dreaming of you and in the second half of the film the repeated us of the mama and the papa California dreaming. This adds to the films frantic and cosmopolitan setting
The film has a very French new wave vibe .Not just in the story but also in the cinematography .It has a very loose almost documentary vibe at times we follows the characters at their shoulders through busy street or view them from afar in airport .This type of guerrilla film making suits the kind of films of the early new wave especially Godard. The film feels like homage to films like Breathless or Bande à part but without being cliché. The story as well have a very French vibe as well wistfully remembering past lovers and a female femme fatale in the drug smuggler dressed in a mac sunglasses and a wig at all times day and night . Over all it is a very enjoyable film with interesting characters, striking visual and a fantastic musical score.