I dunno. I have no idea what to make of this movie. It's boring and dull sometimes and magical at other times and it's my favourite movie and I hate it and I have never had so much difficulty rating a movie, but I'm pretty sure it's brilliant.
Chunking express doesn't deliver the full doze of the usual hardcore Wong Kar Wai unbearable love trademark, but like his other films there is an overall humanistic touch, which makes the films seem as soothing as a summer day. I'm not sure if the two narratives worked in relation to each other, but who cares - Tony Leung, enough said..
Has a lot going for it - the dynamic camerawork and colorful cinematography, the feeling of loneliness in a big city, the unrealistic (but heartfelt) romance. It all adds up to a really enjoyable film.
Two wonderful stories are reinforced with some great energetic direction and music. Unfortunately I didn't feel much of anything afterwords, both stories ultimately don't add up to too much. But if it's not a masterpiece, it's still great, and there's plenty of atmosphere and ambiance to enjoy. Hong Kong is such a beautiful place.
There are two things striking about this film. First, the look. This film has a style all its own, from the lighting to the freeze frames to the coolest parts of Hong Kong. Second, the music. There are two distinct sections to this film and each is defined by its songs. You think "California Dreaming" would get old, but let me assure you...it doesn't.
The movie is about the love story of two cops. There is not relation between the two stories. The scenes are powerful, the second half is much better than the first half. The acting is good in both parts. The ending of the second part is best.
ayrilik acisi ceken adam, uyusturucu ticareti, hindular, barda karsilasan adam ve kadin, büfe, mekan müdavimi, sefin salatasi, son kullanma tarihi, hostes, evi toplayan kiz, büfede calisan kiz, fatura bahanesiyle isten kaytarmak, bir sene sonraya bulusma (iyi müzikler, 40. dakika da kirilmaya ugrayan film, iki farkli film gibi)
Reminded me of "Lost in Translation" in how I was more enraptured by the experience, unexpectedly so, rather than the film. Interwoven with some awe-inspiring cinematography, clarified with rich colors, "Chungking Express" reminds us that, although memories are meant to last, the most unlikeliest of encounters is just around the corner ready to cast a spell on you. Without a doubt, a notch above "In the Mood for Love" and probably Wong's finest effort. On a side note: today is May 1st, hmmm...
At points I think that Wong Kar-Wai can do no wrong. This movie is electric and both stories are very simple, yet ultimately human and beautiful at their core. Plus, the lively, colorful, and almost impressionistic cinematography really make the whole experience incredibly memorable. I feel as though the second half does surpass its predecessor, but both are pretty damn near perfect.