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Chungking Express (1996)



Critic Consensus: Even if all it had to offer were writer-director Wong Kar-wai's thrillingly distinctive visuals, Chungking Express would be well worth watching; happily, its thoughtfully drawn characters and naturalistic performances also pack a potent dramatic wallop.

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Movie Info

Wong Kar-Wai's movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. He purchases a tin of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 each day for a month. By the end of that time, he feels that he will either be rejoined with his love or that it too will have expired forever. The second half shows Cop 663 dealing with his breakup with his flight attendant girlfriend. He talks to his apartment furnishings until he meets a new girl at a local lunch counter.


Takeshi Kaneshiro
as He Quiwu, Cop 223
Brigitte Lin
as Drug Dealer
Valerie Chow
as Air Hostess
'Piggy' Chan
as Manager of `Midnight Express'
Guan Lina
as Richard
Liang Zhen
as The 2nd May
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Critic Reviews for Chungking Express

All Critics (63) | Top Critics (22)

What Chungking Express has are a couple of interesting situations, which don't quite justify a feature-length movie.

April 10, 2018 | Full Review…

I've never been a big fan of technique that calls attention to itself, but Wong's frenetic blend of slow motion, pixilation, rushing backgrounds and frozen foregrounds (or vice versa) is as integral to this movie as its bubbly story and characters.

May 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[Wong's] hypnotic images of love and loss finally wear down your resistance as seemingly discordant sights and sounds coalesce into a radiant, crazy quilt.

May 28, 2014

Chungking Express is a breezy little Hong Kong movie that has more life, energy, humanity and sheer visual zing than most other shows you'll see in a month or so.

May 28, 2014 | Rating: 3.5/4

Dull it is not, but Wong's trademark sense of romantic melancholy fails to jell amid all the excess.

May 28, 2014 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

It's the cinematic equivalent of popcorn on a hot stove with jump-cut shots, freeze frames, stirringly beautiful images and boundless energy.

May 28, 2014

Audience Reviews for Chungking Express


Fast paced cinematography adds a lot of rather good visuals to this movie. This film is a two parter. The first story ends abruptly, and without a clear resolution, and I can't say that cared for that one much. The second story, however, works a little better. Rather interesting, and quirky. This film was a little more "artsy" than I prefer.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Two police officers and two distinct, compelling, and peculiar stories of intimacy, The Chungking Express is a Kar-Wai Wong masterpiece that perfectly captured the Hong Kong night culture with inventive cinematography, exuberant music, and exceptional talent. Irresistible.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

This wasn't an instant hit with me, it plodded along slowly and seemed to have little structure in storyline, however it does begin to grow on you as the characters develop and the plot thickens. The photography style also gives the film a very modern look.

Lady D'arbanville
Lady D'arbanville

Super Reviewer

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