Chungking Express

Chungking Express

Criterion Collection Edition #453

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 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.

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Chungking Express
  • Chungking Express

    Directed by Wong Kar-wai • 1994 • Hong Kong

    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-l...

Extras

  • CHUNGKING EXPRESS Commentary

    Recorded in 2008, this commentary features noted Asian cinema critic Tony Rayns.

  • Barry Jenkins on Wong Kar-wai

    In this interview recorded in 2016, the Oscar-winning director of MOONLIGHT and IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK explores the intoxicating cinema of Wong Kar-wai.

  • Narrative Symmetry in CHUNGKING EXPRESS

    David Bordwell unpacks Wong Kar-wai’s intricate approach to double-pronged storytelling in one of the defining works of nineties cinema.