Chungking Express Chungking Express

Chungking Express

Wong Kar-wai

 
Chungking Express (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Out of Print
  • Hong Kong
  • 1994
  • 102 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Cantonese
  •  
  • Spine #453

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.

Disc Features

  • New, restored high-definition digital transfer, with Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack (DVD edition) and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack (Blu-ray edition) supervised by director Wong Kar-wai
  • Remastered Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack supervised by director Wong Kar-wai
  • Audio commentary by noted Asian cinema critic Tony Rayns
  • U.S. theatrical trailer
  • Episode excerpt from the BBC Television series Moving Pictures, featuring Wong and cinematographer Christopher Doyle
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by critic Amy Taubin

    New cover by Lucien S. Y. Yang

Film Essays

Chungking Express: Electric Youth

By Amy Taubin November 16, 2008

Chungking Express (1994) was the Masculin féminin of the 1990s, a pop art movie about cool twentysomethings looking for love in the city that has replaced Paris as the center of the world-cinema . . . Read more »

Clippings

Bordwell Returns to Hong Kong

January 24, 2011

Ten years after the publication of the first edition ofPlanet Hong Kong and three years after it went out of print, the redoubtable film scholar David Bordwell has put out—exclusively online—a . . . Read more »


Announcements


Press Notes

PRESS NOTES: SEEING BLU

December 11, 2008

Criterion Blu-ray editions debut next week—with Chungking Express, The Man Who Fell to Earth, Bottle Rocket, and The Third Man—and the reviews are already coming in. “Chungking Express, . . . Read more »


Clippings

Fast Food for Thought

December 10, 2008

Renowned author, film scholar, and Wong Kar-wai well-wisher David Bordwell takes a peek at the new Criterion edition of Chungking Express on his personal blog. Bordwell, who’s written about the . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Chungking Express: Electric Youth

By Amy Taubin November 16, 2008

Chungking Express (1994) was the Masculin féminin of the 1990s, a pop art movie about cool twentysomethings looking for love in the city that has replaced Paris as the center of the world-cinema . . . Read more »


Press Notes

New York Times Holiday DVD Picks

October 30, 2008

This week, the New York Times compiled its special annual holiday movie preview, and judging by Charles Taylor and Stephanie Zacharek’s enthusiasm for a slew of upcoming DVD releases for . . . Read more »


Clippings

Wong, Doyle, and Leigh Visit Leonard Lopate

October 16, 2008

While in New York for the premiere of Ashes of Time Redux, Hong Kong auteur Wong Kar-wai and his long-time cinematographer, Christopher Doyle, sat down with Leonard Lopate for the radio host’s . . . Read more »


On Five

Cop 223 Gets Lucky

By Curtis Tsui October 14, 2008

Okay, quiz time. What does the music video for Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” have to do with the Criterion Collection? Give up? Well, it was shot by none other than ace director of photography . . . Read more »