Chungking Express

BBFC RatingChungking Express

Showing: 22 October 2021 , 24 October 2021 , 26 October 2021

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Fri 22 Oct 2021
Sun 24 Oct 2021
Tue 26 Oct 2021

GenreComedy, Crime, Drama
DirectorWong Kar Wai
WritersWong Kar Wai
CountryHong Kong
Running Time1HR 42MINS
Extra InfoSubtitled
SeasonThe World of Wong Kar Wai

The whiplash, double-pronged Chungking Express is one of the defining works of 1990s cinema and the film that made 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 pixie waitress Faye (Faye Wong) works.

Anything goes in Wong’s gloriously shot and utterly unexpected charmer, which cemented the sex appeal of its gorgeous stars and forever turned canned pineapple and the Mamas and the Papas’ California Dreamin’ into tokens of romantic longing.

This 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the 35mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata and Jet Tone. It was supervised and approved by Wong Kar Wai.

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