Two stories of lonely and lovesick Hong Kong policemen, told in sequence. In the first, a Taiwan-born policeman falls in love with a beautiful and enigmatic femme fatale from the underworld. In the second, another policeman, mulling after a break-up with a flight attendant, meets Faye – a young girl working at the food bar he frequents. Although both stories take place in the same universe, they only interconnect on a few, rare occasions.
Told in the director’s characteristic style, with extraordinary cinematography from Kar-Wai regular Christopher Doyle.
Brilliant use of color and motion, unorthodox camera techniques and rhythmic editing. Heavily influenced by the works of Jean-Luc Godard and the French New Wave. Great use of music, including the iconic California Dreamin’ by The Mamas & the Papas and Faye Wong’s Cantonese cover version of Dreams by The Cranberries.
Wong Kar-Wai’s subsequent film, Fallen Angels (1995) is considered the third story and a companion piece to Chungking Express.
Distributed in the US through Quentin Tarantino‘s Rolling Thunder company, with a short segment of him presenting it – see video below!
Chungking Express Cast: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Valerie Chow