Found in: Wong Kar Wai
Chungking Express

Chungking Express

classified 12A S Sold Out

The World of Wong Kar Wai


Please note: This was screened in Aug 2021

Wong Kar-Wai
Valerie Chow, Tony Leung Chiu-Wai, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brigitte Lin
102 mins, Subtitled, 1994, Hong Kong
Primary language

The whiplash, double-pronged Chungking Express is one of the defining works of 1990s cinema and the film that made Wong Kar Wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung Chiu Wai), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out food 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 & the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” into tokens of romantic longing.

Chungking Express has been completely restored. It has been reverted to its original aspect ratio of 1.66:1 and the sound re-mixed for 5.1