Chungking Express [New Restoration] (1994)
- Romance, Comedy
- 1h 38m
- Hong Kong
Price: $11.99 + taxes and fees
This 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the 35mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata and Jet Tone. It was supervised and approved by Wong Kar Wai.
Bonus Content: Included in your film rental is over two hours of bonus content, including a video essay by TIFF Cinematheque Senior Programmer and world-renowned film expert James Quandt and never-before-seen archival interviews with frequent Wong Kar Wai cinematographer Christopher Doyle. Scroll down to watch.
Wong Kar Wai’s visually dazzling, endlessly rich fusion of offbeat romcom and postmodern reverie has become a signature film of millennial cinema.
“[A] rapturous entertainment.… One of the first films of the ’90s to feel genuinely fresh and original” –Tony Rayns, Sight & Sound
Famously celebrated by Quentin Tarantino (who released it in the US via his own production company), Chungking Express made the top 10 in our Cinematheque’s first Best of the Decade survey, and was Wong’s most popular film before it was surpassed by In the Mood for Love. Like so many of Wong’s films, Chungking incorporates two tales: the first, an homage to John Cassavetes, centres on an encounter between a smuggler in a garish blond wig (Brigitte Lin) and a recently jilted patrolman (Takeshi Kaneshiro) who resolves to fall in love with the first woman he meets; the second, an homage to Jacques Demy, chronicles the strange relationship that develops between another lovelorn cop (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and a young woman who works at his favourite noodle stand (Faye Wong), who steals his keys and begins anonymously cleaning and redecorating his apartment to cheer him up. Propulsive, funny, and formally daring, Chungking is nevertheless as emotionally intense as any of Wong’s other work, suffused with loss and longing.
Content advisories: violence, drug use, sexual content
DirectorWong Kar Wai
Cantonese, English, Japanese, Hindi, Mandarin, Punjabi, Urdu