Chungking Express Reviews

  • 4d ago

    What an amazing movie. I love Wong Kar-Wai's colors, photography, frames, soundtrack, everything actually! The only thing I was expecting from this movie was a more cohesive narrative. I wanted to see more from the first couple.

    What an amazing movie. I love Wong Kar-Wai's colors, photography, frames, soundtrack, everything actually! The only thing I was expecting from this movie was a more cohesive narrative. I wanted to see more from the first couple.

  • Jan 10, 2021

    Interesting watch but lack of connection between the two stories or clear narrative was odd

    Interesting watch but lack of connection between the two stories or clear narrative was odd

  • Oct 20, 2020

    Chimerical like the Jukebox CD's, charming like Faye Wong's twirl & inviting like Brigitte Lin's shades, its exotic lingo and flavorful movements remedy romances that are impossible to leave. California Dreamin' takes on a fresher tonic ring, something never thought to be possible.

    Chimerical like the Jukebox CD's, charming like Faye Wong's twirl & inviting like Brigitte Lin's shades, its exotic lingo and flavorful movements remedy romances that are impossible to leave. California Dreamin' takes on a fresher tonic ring, something never thought to be possible.

  • Jul 30, 2020

    This is not movie...it is an experience. A timeless story of ordinary people. Memorable emotive language of colour, love, breakups and satisfaction...

    This is not movie...it is an experience. A timeless story of ordinary people. Memorable emotive language of colour, love, breakups and satisfaction...

  • Jul 18, 2020

    Absolutely beautiful !!!

    Absolutely beautiful !!!

  • Apr 01, 2020

    While many American films excel with a clear plotline that grabs attention, the good Chinese films almost all rely heavily on atmosphere and undercurrent emotion building. And as the experts in such styles of films like 王家衛 take a backseat, Chinese films also become stagnant where the great films are all about 20 yrs old now. The new films are like experimental, often excellent in certain peripheral aspects like CG, camera work, but horridly lacking strength in plots or atmosphere. Hopefully, these experiments will soon produce some great films in a wider genre.

    While many American films excel with a clear plotline that grabs attention, the good Chinese films almost all rely heavily on atmosphere and undercurrent emotion building. And as the experts in such styles of films like 王家衛 take a backseat, Chinese films also become stagnant where the great films are all about 20 yrs old now. The new films are like experimental, often excellent in certain peripheral aspects like CG, camera work, but horridly lacking strength in plots or atmosphere. Hopefully, these experiments will soon produce some great films in a wider genre.

  • Mar 27, 2020

    This is a movie from 1994 and some of the cheesy video effects haven't aged well. The premise of two romances centered around a small food stand is pretty cool, it feels like that it could have been a short series even. It's a quirky film with two comical, almost manga ridiculous interests and it's cool to see stuff that's clearly out of the norm once in a while. I feel that the switch up of stories in the middle of the movie kept it fresh as well. It seems to have held up well even 26 years later.

    This is a movie from 1994 and some of the cheesy video effects haven't aged well. The premise of two romances centered around a small food stand is pretty cool, it feels like that it could have been a short series even. It's a quirky film with two comical, almost manga ridiculous interests and it's cool to see stuff that's clearly out of the norm once in a while. I feel that the switch up of stories in the middle of the movie kept it fresh as well. It seems to have held up well even 26 years later.

  • Feb 01, 2020

    In my opinion his most romantic piece, Chungking Express captures the human psyche like very few films can. The typical grand gestures of love are replaced by subtle hints in tone of voice, in the look one gives another, etc. giving the film a way into your heart that you don't see coming. The use of symbolism is also to die for, and makes it a movie worth watching multiple times.

    In my opinion his most romantic piece, Chungking Express captures the human psyche like very few films can. The typical grand gestures of love are replaced by subtle hints in tone of voice, in the look one gives another, etc. giving the film a way into your heart that you don't see coming. The use of symbolism is also to die for, and makes it a movie worth watching multiple times.

  • Dec 17, 2019

    Chung King Express is equal parts good and frustrating. It is really two somewhat distinct movies. The first third of the movie is about a cop whose girlfriend had dumped him April 1, 1994. He's willing to indulge her April Fool's Day joke until May 1, his birthday. He hangs around a little food stand desperately trying to get his ex to return his calls on the pay phone. The night before his birthday, he tells himself he will fall in love with the first woman who walks through the door of the bar (the infamous Bottom's Up Club, of The Man with the Golden Gun fame). In walks a drug smuggler in a blonde wig. The second two-thirds is about another cop who is a regular at the same little food stand. He has been dumped by his flight attendant girlfriend, while an employee at the food stand breaks into his apartment everyday to redecorate it in her taste while listening to "California Dreamin'" on loop. Both stories are intriguing, but if you're waiting to see how they are connected or how they will interact, you will be disappointed. It should really be seen as two distinct stories ironed together at the seam. (Also frustrating, the DVD packaging and all the marketing refer to the movie as Chungking Express, but the title screen in the actual movie says Chung King Express. Maybe I'm the only one who cares...)

    Chung King Express is equal parts good and frustrating. It is really two somewhat distinct movies. The first third of the movie is about a cop whose girlfriend had dumped him April 1, 1994. He's willing to indulge her April Fool's Day joke until May 1, his birthday. He hangs around a little food stand desperately trying to get his ex to return his calls on the pay phone. The night before his birthday, he tells himself he will fall in love with the first woman who walks through the door of the bar (the infamous Bottom's Up Club, of The Man with the Golden Gun fame). In walks a drug smuggler in a blonde wig. The second two-thirds is about another cop who is a regular at the same little food stand. He has been dumped by his flight attendant girlfriend, while an employee at the food stand breaks into his apartment everyday to redecorate it in her taste while listening to "California Dreamin'" on loop. Both stories are intriguing, but if you're waiting to see how they are connected or how they will interact, you will be disappointed. It should really be seen as two distinct stories ironed together at the seam. (Also frustrating, the DVD packaging and all the marketing refer to the movie as Chungking Express, but the title screen in the actual movie says Chung King Express. Maybe I'm the only one who cares...)

  • Oct 29, 2019

    Fantastic. Gorgeous and inventive cinematography.

    Fantastic. Gorgeous and inventive cinematography.