Wong Kar-wai

Chungking Express

Chungking Express

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.

Film Info

  • Wong Kar-wai
  • Hong Kong
  • 1994
  • 102 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • Cantonese
  • Spine #453

Special 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

Purchase Options

Special 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

Chungking Express
Cast
Brigitte Lin Ching-Hsia
Woman in blonde wig
Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Cop 663
Faye Wong
Faye
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Cop 223
Valerie Chow
Stewardess
Piggy Chan Kam-chuen
Midnight Express manager
Credits
Director
Wong Kar-wai
Screenplay
Wong Kar-wai
Producer
Yi-kan Chan
Cinematography
Christopher Doyle
Cinematography
Wai-keung Lau
Executive producer
Chan Pui-wah
Art direction
William Chang Suk-ping
Editing
William Chang Suk-ping
Editing
Hai Kit-wai
Editing
Kwong Chi-leung
Music
Frankie Chan
Music
Roel A. Garcia
Music
Michael Galasso

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