Chungking Express
Chungking Express (1996)

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… More

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Rated: PG-13
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Release Date: March 8, 1996
DVD Release Date: May 21, 2002
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Critic Score: 90% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Even if all it had to offer were writer-director Wong Kar-wai's thrillingly distinctive visuals, Chungking Express would be well worth watching; happily, its thoughtfully drawn characters and naturalistic performances also pack a potent dramatic wallop.

Jeff Shannon
Seattle Times

I've never been a big fan of technique that calls attention to itself, but Wong's frenetic blend of slow motion, pixilation, rushing backgrounds and frozen foregrounds (or vice versa) is as integral to this movie as its bubbly story and characters.

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Dave Kehr
New York Daily News

Dull it is not, but Wong's trademark sense of romantic melancholy fails to jell amid all the excess.

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David Sterritt
Christian Science Monitor

Written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, the film is an imaginative piece of filmmaking and an evocative essay on contemporary Hong Kong as it prepares for a return to Chinese rule.

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Peter Travers
Rolling Stone

[Wong's] hypnotic images of love and loss finally wear down your resistance as seemingly discordant sights and sounds coalesce into a radiant, crazy quilt.

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Desson Thomson
Washington Post

It's the cinematic equivalent of popcorn on a hot stove with jump-cut shots, freeze frames, stirringly beautiful images and boundless energy.

Roger Hurlburt
South Florida Sun-Sentinel

Made in less than three months using a hand-held camera, director/writer Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express is a tale that only a diehard film buff might enjoy.

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Michael Wilmington
Chicago Tribune

Chungking Express is a breezy little Hong Kong movie that has more life, energy, humanity and sheer visual zing than most other shows you'll see in a month or so.

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Carrie Rickey
Philadelphia Inquirer

A lyrical and delightfully goofy study in romantic longing.

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Kim Newman
Empire Magazine

Wong's dreamlike tone and Doyle's stunning cinematography make this strange love story a joy to watch.

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Flixster Audience Score: 94% Flixster User Reviews
Cynthia S.
Fast paced cinematography adds a lot of rather good visuals to this movie. This film is a two parter. The first story ends abruptly, and without a clear… More
Bob O'Reilly
Wong Kar Wai broke all kinds of cinematic molds with this Hong Kong black comedy about drug mules, expired pineapple cans, brief loves and twisted obsessions.… More
Jan Marc Macababayao
Two police officers and two distinct, compelling, and peculiar stories of intimacy, The Chungking Express is a Kar-Wai Wong masterpiece that perfectly captured… More
Sarah Gaish
Simply amazing! I loved every minute of this film. The whole storyline seemed familar, though, at times. I feel that is because Hollywood has used this type of… More
Lady D'arbanville
This wasn't an instant hit with me, it plodded along slowly and seemed to have little structure in storyline, however it does begin to grow on you as the… More
Reid Volk
A fantastic and beautiful movie about loneliness in a big city. This film is split up into two stories about heartache. I would love to see this movie get… More