Chungking Express (Chung Hing sam lam)

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Synopsis

Two melancholy Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious female underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal waitress at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Cast

  • Brigitte Lin
  • Tony Chiu-Wai Leung
  • Faye Wong
  • Takeshi Kaneshiro
  • Valerie Chow
  • Piggy Chan
  • Lee-Na Kwan
  • Zhiming Huang
  • Liang Zhen
  • Songshen Zuo

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Metacritic

88

Wong infuses his films with style and energy. His hand-held camera is restless, always moving and shifting. The action sequences are punctuated with unusual shots and stop-motion jumps. By filming Chungking Express in such rich, vibrant manner, the director uses visual images to underscore his themes.

Metacritic review by James Berardinelli
James Berardinelli
ReelViews
75

This is the kind of movie you'll relate to if you love film itself, rather than its surface aspects such as story and stars. It's not a movie for casual audiences, and it may not reveal all its secrets the first time through, but it announces Wong Kar-Wai, its Hong Kong-based director, as a filmmaker in the tradition of Jean-Luc Godard.

Metacritic review by Roger Ebert
Roger Ebert
Chicago Sun-Times