Chungking Express (1994), Kar Wai Wong

I’ve been wanting to see this for more than a year now. Netflix dvd does not have it, and the Criterion Collection (CC) restoration is oop (out of print). Added it to my library queue and it was a long shot as they had no copy at any of the 4 branches – but somehow they found their CC copy. I was checking it out, and pointed out that the booklet was missing and she said I remember this one – we thought it was gone forever, but found it without the booklet.

As I was exploring Kar Wai Wong’s filmography, I knew that this was essential. So far I’ve seen Fallen Angels (1995) (said to be a companion piece to Chungking Express), In the Mood for Love (2000), and The Grandmaster (2013).

That was a couple days ago, and I’ve watched it 4 times in a row – first viewing with English subtitles, second viewing with Asian cinema critic Tony Rayns’ commentary, third time with subs turned off, and the fourth with subs once again.

Easily all time top 10 material. .8


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