Monday, July 7, 2014

Chungking Express (1994)

Director: Kar Wai Wong. Cast: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Faye Wong, Tony Chiu Wai Leung. 98 min. Rated PG-13. Hong Kong. Romance/Mystery.

Definitely a movie that needs to be watched more than once. The seemingly unrelated romantic stories of two cops in bustling Hong Kong, which connect in only a fraction of a second midway through the film - but then ... are the similarities deeper than that? This movie strangely resonates as a more philosophical/funny/dream-like version of Pulp Fiction, where parts of people's lives interact (and interestingly, they were made the same year). Meanwhile, like a David Lynch movie, you're captivated by what you're seeing, and you don't know why. Take a look at this; you'll see what I mean.

PS: Thank you, Maryam, for the recommendation. Even though Ebert didn't connect much, he did a splendid job here.

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