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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
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  • 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 TaubinNovember 16, 2008

Chungking Express (1994) was the Masculin féminin of the 1990s, a pop art movie about cool . . . 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 . . . Read more »


Announcements

The Criterion Collection Goes High Definition!

December 15, 2008

Critics have had our debut Blu-ray releases for weeks, and the word is out, coast to coast: “ . . . Read more »


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, . . . 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 . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Chungking Express: Electric Youth

By Amy TaubinNovember 16, 2008

Chungking Express (1994) was the Masculin féminin of the 1990s, a pop art movie about cool . . . 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 . . . 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 . . . Read more »


On Five

Cop 223 Gets Lucky

By Curtis TsuiOctober 14, 2008

Okay, quiz time.What does the music video for Justin Timberlake’s “SexyBack” have to do with . . . Read more »