Chungking Express (The Criterion Collection)
Special Edition, The Criterion Collection
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The whiplash, double-pronged Chungking Express is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant 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 and the Papas California Dreamin into tokens of romantic longing.
SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES:
New, restored high-definition digital transfer
Remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack supervised by director
Audio commentary by noted Asian cinema critic Tony Rayns
U.S. theatrical trailer
New and improved English subtitle translation
PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from a 1996 Sight and Sound interview with Wong by Rayns
What Godard movies were once like: fast, handheld, funny and very, very catchy. --Time Out London
Intoxicating and irresistible. --Washington Post
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I don't really think this movie is for everyone; it's very different and doesn't align with the storytelling methods we're accustomed to, so some people will get bored. I do think, however, that it is absolutely worth watching, if only for the experience. It's great artsy movie to make you think along a different vein than normal.