Chong Qing Sen Lin (Chungking Express) (1994)

If my memory of her has an expiration date, let it be 10,000 years...

Original Title : Chong qing sen lin
Director : Kar-wai Wong
Writer : Kar-wai Wong
Genre : Drama
Country : Hong Kong
Language : Cantonese
Producer : Pui-wah Chan , Yi-kan Chan
Music : Frankie Chan
Roel A. García
Photography : Christopher Doyle
Wai Keung Lau
Distributor : Atalanta Filmes [pt]
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for some violence, sexuality and drug content.
IMDB ID : 0109424
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Chong Qing Sen Lin (Chungking Express) (1994) - Kar-wai Wong


ÂBrigitte Lin Woman in blonde wig (as Ching-hsia Lin
ÂTony Leung Chiu Wai Cop 663
ÂTony Leung Chiu Wai Cop 663


Wong Kar-Wai's movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. He purchases a tin of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 each day for a month. By the end of that time, he feels that he will either be rejoined with his love or that it too will have expired forever. The second half shows Cop 663 dealing with his breakup with his flight attendant girlfriend. He talks to his apartment furnishings until he meets a new girl at a local lunch counter. Two stories, two lovelorn cops, two objects of desire: one a big-time heroin dealer in deep trouble with her bosses after the cargo disappears, the other a seriously flaky bartender who inadvertently gets hold of the keys to her admirer's apartment, all shot in a breathless kaleidoscope of colour and hand-held camerawork to create a mesmerising portrait of Hong Kong in the 1990s.


Most over-rated film in HK movie history I am completely baffled as to why this film is even liked, let alone held in such high regard, especially by so many critics who are, otherwise, quite sensible. There is one key word which describes this film to its core - irritating. The most easily explained example of this is the director's use - or, more accurately, abuse - of music. In the first half, a really dull reggae tune is played about three times (when once is too often). But in the second half, The Mommas And The Papas "California Dreamin'" is played at least seven times, usually at top volume. Godsakes, whether you liked the song or not beforehand, you'd be thoroughly sick of it by the end. Just think, some people claim to have seen this film four or five times. This means they've listened to California Dreamin either 28 or 35 times..... All of this needless hyper-repetition (it contributes nothing to the story) could possibly be excused if the remainder of the film had any lingering merit, or if the story was in any way involving. But it ain't. The only aspect I found likeable was Bridgette Lin's charging around and still playing Asia The Invincible in a raincoat and sunnies. Even this wore off fairly quickly. I'm sure this film's undeserved high reputation will convince many poor suckers to go and see it. I can only warn you - if you've never seen a HK movie before, don't start with this one. If you feel compelled to watch it, avoid at all costs seeing it in a cinema. The fast-forward and mute buttons are essential tools for survival here. You have been warned !
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