Chungking Express | reviewed by: Kristina Kawa | July 27, 2011
entertainment value
genre Comedy | Drama
synopsis A Hong Kong fast food restaurant acts as the link between two unusual stories of police officers in love in this eccentric, stylish comedy-drama. Director Wong Kar-Wai plays freely with traditional narrative structure, dividing his film into two loosely connected segments. The first centers on a depressed cop struggling to come to terms with a recent break-up. His sad isolation is transformed when he encounters a beautiful, mysterious femme fatale, whose involvement with the criminal underworld proves troublesome for both. The second story explores the odd relationship between a female restaurant worker and another recently jilted police officer. The strange woman decides to regularly clean and redecorate the man's apartment in his absence, allowing the two to form a close intimacy without meeting face to face. Both stories present a beautifully atmospheric look at modern urban life and romance, with its combination of isolation and casual, unexpected meetings.
lead actors Brigitte Lin | Tony Leung Chiu Wai | Faye Wong | Takeshi Kaneshiro | Valerie Chow | Chen Jinquan | Lee-na Kwan
director Wong Kar-Wai