Director: Kar Wai Wong
Writer: Kar Wai Wong
Chungking express is perhaps the most uplifting romance film ever made. The film is split into two different parts and tells two different stories about a couple of policeman and their romantic lovesick antics. Apparently Wong came up with the idea for the film whilst editing his latest feature and has stated “While I had nothing to do, I decided to make Chungking Express following my instincts.”
This method of writing and filmmaking is noticeable when viewing the finished result. Wong has stated “When I started to film, I didn’t have it written completely. I filmed in chronological order. The first part happened during the night. I wrote the sequel of the story in one day! Thanks to a brief interruption for the New Year festivities, I had some more time to finish the rest of the script.”
Like the greats before it, 8 1/2 & Les quatre cents coups, Chungking express begins with an unforgettable opening sequence, the cinematographer Christopher Doyle and Wong created an astounding opening sequence that is at times mirrored throughout the film. You can see a similar sequence near the end of the film where the policeman is waiting in the California bar.
After the opening sequence it is literally on for young and old as the film barely breaks its pace for at least 20 minutes. After the first story meets its end the second one takes up the pace and bounces around delightfully until the end of the film.
Wong had written a third act and intended to include it in this film but thought that it was already getting too long, it was released at a later date as Fallen Angels. I can easily recommend this film to anyone, It has love, crime, culture and folly and is an unmissable event for cinema lovers.
Chungking express has made my favorite movie of all time category because it celebrates life and love and is an upbeat modern tale set in a cultural mecca. The film has won nine awards a full list can be found here
10 out of 10.
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