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Chungking Express [DVD] [Criterion Collection / 2-Disc Set]

  • PG-13
  • DVD
  • 2 discs
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Theatrical release: March 8, 1996. The film was shown at the New York Film Festival in September 1994. The first film distributed in the United States by Quentin Tarantino's company, Rolling Thunder. The film was a major influence on Tarantino's PULP FICTION. After seeing CHUNGKING EXPRESS, Tarantino said, "I just started crying. I'm just so happy to love a movie this much." The film was shot in only 23 days. Wong Kar-Wai modeled Brigitte Lin, who plays the woman in the blonde wig and sunglasses, on Gena Rowlands in John Cassavetes's GLORIA as well as on Greta Garbo. In fact, at the Bottoms Up bar Lin orders a whiskey--the first words ever spoken onscreen by Garbo were "Gimme a whiskey," in NINOTCHKA. Lin's character also talks about wanting to be alone, a Garbo trademark. CHUNGKING EXPRESS was Lin's final film. Wong had spent so much time working on ASHES OF TIME that he needed a break from editing that picture and ended up making CHUNGKING EXPRESS in the interval. Faye Wong, who plays Faye, was a Chinese rock star, and she made her feature-film acting debut in CHUNGKING EXPRESS. She can be heard on the soundtrack singing a version of the Cranberries' "Dreams." Faye also sings two other songs--"Random Thinking" (also known as "Weird Thinking") and "Know Oneself and Others." The song that represents Faye throughout the film is the Mama and the Papas' "California Dreaming." Tony Leung's character, who is never named, is cop number 663. Takeshi Kaneshiro plays He Qiwu, who is cop number 223. His telephone account number is 368, and his password is Undying Love, which can also be translated as "Love You for 10,000 Years," which helps explain the film's English-language tag line: If my memory of her has an expiration date, let it be 10,000 years... There were originally going to be three main stories in the film, but only two were used; the third one became FALLEN ANGELS. The apartment where cop numer 663 lives is in actuality the apartment of director of photography Christopher Doyle. At the 1995 Honk Kong Film Awards CHUNGKING won honors for Best Film, Best Director (Wong Kar-Wai), and Best Editing (William Chang Suk Ping). Dinah Washington's version of "What a Difference a Day Makes" also appears in the film.
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    • Rating - for some violence, sexuality and drug content
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1774

  • Credits
    Brigitte Lin, Brigitte Lin Ching-hsia, Brigitte Ching-hsia Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Gum Sing-Mo, Tony Leung Ka Fai, Tony Leung Kar Fai, Tony Leung Kar Fai, Kar Fai Leung, Tony Ka Fai Leung, Tony Leung, Faye Wong, Faye Wang
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Exhilarating....There is no mistaking Wong's talent..."
    Rolling Stone

    "...Visual flair....[Wong] displays aggressive energy..."
    New York Times

    "...Head over heels with stop-motion...and gleefully spinning off socko genre lines..."
    Film Comment

    "...CHUNGKING EXPRESS is as fresh as falling rain, a pair of love stories full of pain and humor....Wong has as wonderful a way with actors as he has with a camera..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "...Wong is more of an art director, playing with the medium itself, taking fractured elements of criss-crossing stories and running them through the blender of pop culture..."
    Chicago Sun-Times

    "A hip and quirky movie, perhaps, but one that's gently profound, too."
    Uncut

    "Full of Wong's signature blurred slo-mo, this playful charmer interweaves two stories..."
    Entertainment Weekly

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