• One of the most beloved films of the nineties, Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express captures the whiplash rhythms and tenuous connections of urban life through two divergent storylines, each centered on a heartsick cop and a mysterious woman with whom he becomes romantically entangled. The movie’s buoyant mood, created with the help of charismatic performances from a cast of Hong Kong superstars, belies its daringly experimental approach to film form. In the latest episode of Observations on Film Art, now streaming on the Criterion Channel on FilmStruck, scholar David Bordwell isolates the recurring motifs in Chungking Express, illustrating how the director uses small details to unite two sections that never intersect on a narrative level. Watch the above excerpt for an introduction to Wong’s innovative approach to structure, then head to the Channel to enjoy Bordwell’s piece in its entirety and our edition of the film.

4 comments

  • By Weasel
    March 26, 2018
    08:32 PM

    Interesting that this video analysis was posted just now. Sign of them getting the rights to the film back? One can only hope.
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    • By BlanketStealer
      March 26, 2018
      09:06 PM

      I sincerely hope so! I want to add this film to my collection but don’t want to pay $100+ just for them to start reprinting it again. I loved In the Mood for Love.
  • By Sam Reid
    March 26, 2018
    10:55 PM

    Please bring Film Struck to Canada!
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  • By Cristian
    March 27, 2018
    10:39 AM

    Please bring FilmStruck to Chile or Latinamerica, you dont have to subtitle the catalog to spanish.
    Reply