Wong Kar-wai: Chungking Express

When 12 Jul 2013
Where Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue (at 37 Street)
Astoria, NY 11106
United States
Enquiry 718.784.0077


Wong Kar-wai, Chungking Express (1994). Courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image.

Friday, July 12 2013, 7:00pm

Dir. Wong Kar-wai. 1994, 98 mins. 35mm
With Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai

With all the thrilling speed and polyphony of the mega-city, Chungking Express is a definitive and sui-generis millennial city-symphony. Shot on location with a small crew on a short hiatus during the production of Ashes of Time, Wong pays homage to Hong Kong by posing two contemporaneous stories of strange love against each other. The dual plot follows lonely cop 223 (Takeshi Kaneshiro) and his pursuit of a mysterious blond-wigged woman (Brigitte Lin) in Kowloon, and the “accidental” meetings between lonely cop 663 (Tony Leung) with playful and quirky Faye (Faye Wong) in Lan Kwai Feng, both linked by the sensational fast food stand, the “Midnight Express.” With some of Chris Doyle’s most intoxicating cinematography on display, the film’s surrounding architecture is brilliantly fused with its own electrifying formal design.

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