Chungking Express (1994)


“If memories could be canned, would they also have expiry dates? If so, I hope they last for centuries.- He Zhiwu, Cop 223

Number of Times Seen – 1 (3 May 2018)

Brief Synopsis – Two lonely policemen in Hong Kong fall in love with women who they get to known while trying to get over their previous relationships.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve heard so many great things about for years and finally got around to seeing.

I must say that I was quite disappointed because I couldn’t understand how someone like Quentin Tarantino could claim that this is one of the best films ever made.

The story itself wasn’t interesting or gripping ion any way and I kept seeking a greater meaning to the connection between the two storyline and could only find one; that both of these men frequent a fast food stand.

The plot itself is quite simple and most of what happens feels pretty predictable without too many surprises along the way.

I’ve heard that this film is more of a visual masterpiece for those that have studied film and the way that one can be expressive with film, but I don’t understand much about that personally and things in that realm always go very far over my head.

That a film like this would cause Tarantino to burst out crying whenever he watches it really baffled me because I just don’t get the point of it all.

Perhaos someone could explain this film to me in a way that someone who enjoys movies with a narrative could understand what makes this film so special.

Bottom Line – Not a very gripping story and I wanted more of a connection between the two stories. The plot seems pretty simple and there isn’t much to really expect from this film. I’ve heard that it is more of a visually perfect film instead of a narrative one and not being a connoisseur of camerawork, this all seems to have gone over my head.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Quentin Tarantino signed a deal with Miramax specially to start his own releasing company so that he could get Chungking Express (1994) out to a wider public. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)

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4 thoughts on “Chungking Express (1994)

  1. Great review! I saw Chungking Express so long ago that I was too young to appreciate it. I think I’d have to watch it again to see how I feel. But after seeing 2046, I’m feeling like Wong Kar-Wai might be too artistically refined in his style for me so a hard director to appreciate. But nice to see you checking it out! I do remember that he was quite ahead of his time when he did Happy Together and that had quite an impact,and my friends keep telling me to watch In the Mood for Love (if you haven’t seen it yet and want to check further into his filmography).

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  2. I like the 2nd half of the story way more than the first half. Plus it made a great use of California Dreaming as well as Dreams for the visuals. I liked this more than In The Mood For Love but I understand why that one was praised

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