Chungking Express

The great Patrice O’Neal once said that he might enjoy some movies more if he knew how to watch them.  I thought of that quote during this movie as I wasn’t sure how the movie should be consumed.  In the opening scenes we are presented with some kind of underworld activity that is led by a woman in a trench coat who wears sunglasses at night.  I took this to mean that there was some kind of mystery afoot so I had my radar up for that.  In short, the movie is unlike anything that I can recall seeing in my 1300+ reviews.  It is almost like they took a series of (possibly related) stories and put it through a kaleidoscope.  The movie has traces of a rom com but I feel like that cheapens what they have done here.  The stories kind of bled together – that is also what made me think that there was more to the movie than there was.  I am assuming that the movie might take several viewings to take it all in (at times I was a bit lost, but it turns out that you don’t need to get into the details of the movie).  I can see why this movie isn’t for everyone and why Quentin Tarantino was obsessed with it.  I generally dislike movies that area heavy on style but this one nails it.

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Movie title: Chungking Express

Movie description: Two melancholic Hong Kong policemen fall in love: one with a mysterious underworld figure, the other with a beautiful and ethereal server at a late-night restaurant he frequents.

Date published: 2022-10-07

Director(s): Wong Kar-wai

Actor(s): Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Faye Wong, Valerie Chow, Piggy Chan, Kwan Lee-na, Wong Chi-Ming, Leung San, Rico Chu, Lynne Langdon, Vickie Eng, Thom Baker

Genre: Drama, Comedy, Romance

My Review

The great Patrice O’Neal once said that he might enjoy some movies more if he knew how to watch them.  I thought of that quote during this movie as I wasn’t sure how the movie should be consumed.  In the opening scenes we are presented with some kind of underworld activity that is led by a woman in a trench coat who wears sunglasses at night.  I took this to mean that there was some kind of mystery afoot so I had my radar up for that.  In short, the movie is unlike anything that I can recall seeing in my 1300+ reviews.  It is almost like they took a series of (possibly related) stories and put it through a kaleidoscope.  The stories kind of bled together – that is also what made me think that there was more to the movie than there was.  I am assuming that the movie might take several viewings to take it all in (at times I was a bit lost, but it turns out that you don’t need to get into the details of the movie).  I can see why this movie isn’t for everyone and why Quentin Tarantino was obsessed with it.

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