KINO Expat: Chungking Express (1994)

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“We all get our hearts broken sometime. When I do, I go jogging. The body loses water when you jog, so I don’t cry as easily.” This film came about during a break from the troubled shooting of Wong Kar Wai’s martial arts period piece Ashes of Time (1994). He wanted to make a low-budget movie again, and started filming while the other project wasn’t finished yet: writing script pages during the day and shooting scenes at night, using simple equipment, natural lighting and documentary circumstances. The result is a film which shot him into worldwide fame and still is considered one of the best films of the 90’s. The inventive cinematography by Christopher Doyle set a new visual style which would be copied many times but never equalled. None other than Quentin Tarantino was a big fan of this film and personally helped to get it distributed.

Regie: Wong Kar Wai

Cast: Takeshi Kaneshiro, Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu Wai

Genre:

Crime, Drama, Komedie

Land: Hong Kong

Speelduur: 102 minuten

Taal: Kantonees

Ondertiteling: English

Kijkwijzer:
AL

n the remarkably styled Chungking Express – now screening in 4K – two policeme(Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung) suffer from a broken heart. One of the two tries to cope with his loss by running, the other one is so stricken by the loss of his girlfriend that he is blind to the fact that snack bar worker Faye is quietly but madly in love with him.

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