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Chungking Express

Chungking Express

Chungking Express

1994 / 102min / 35mm

DIRECTOR: WONG KAR-WAI

CAST: TONY LEUNG, TAKESHI KANESHIRO, BRIGITTE LIN , FAYE WONG

Two Shows Only

A hot-shot to the heart, pop masterpiece Chungking Express tells the stories of two lovelorn cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung) and the women who baffle them (Brigitte Lin and Faye Wong), with a bifurcated structure like the A and B-sides of a 45. Wong’s international breakthrough introduced wide audiences to a rich, sensorial brand of filmmaking to disappear into, sink into, live inside, a voluptuary world bigger and brighter than our own, but just as heartbreaking.

Eduardo Williams’s The Human Surge is a film that knows no boundaries, cycling through formats, shifting from micro to macro scale, and passing through cyberspace in the blink of an eye in the course of gathering together its disparate story threads. As such, it seemed only appropriate to match its first-run stand with a revival of an earlier, formally-audacious city symphony with an unorthodox approach to narrative, Wong Kar-wai’s Chungking Express. A reminder, we hope, of what movies can be.