Quick-Thoughts: Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express (1994)

Puny words couldn’t translate the genuineness of Chungking Express into accuracy. Wong Kar-wai’s experimental romance tours the proximity between falling in love and missing an opportunity, as well as the pretentious timing of unity between individuals. In an abstract way of describing, our sum viewing of the film is similar to us playing suspect in watching a breakup/junction of four individuals while being simultaneously transmitted into an absorbed coma.

Hell, I furthermore have a whole list of film-geeky facets that made me go bananas for this movie:

  • The primarily handheld, raw, down-to-earth recording of the nostalgic, Déjà vu-aiming events. 
  • The use of color splurges and binary shots. 
  • The low FPS blurring within action sequences. 
  • The candid inclusion of conscious narration. 
  • Michael Galasso’s appropriately implemented main theme (like Umebayashi’s in In the Mood of Love) and the consequential soundtrack—The Mamas & The Papas, Barry Brown, Dinah Washington, covers of The Cranberries; I can’t get enough! 

Now, where can we all find ourselves a local, Chungking Express? ;( 

Verdict: A+

“Chungking Express” is now available to stream on The Criterion Channel. 

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