What's more important are the character's inner lives. The scenes where Takeshi tries to pick up Brigitte by asking her if she likes pineapple in five different languages, Tony berating his dishrag for not having enough absorbency, or especially the small scenes of Tony and Faye meeting up in a local market and awkwardly flirting, are both funny and powerful in a quiet way. But we also see ennui in the main characters of the first half of the film, with the aimless Cop 223 and the detached woman in the blonde wig. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. There was a new romance, one of revision and cognizance set in cities like Hong Kong, where change is constant, bereft of history perhaps, with ever wavering thoughts and ideas. This is a savvy maneuver in a film with such a barebones plot, since it might be otherwise difficult to trace the movement of these character's inner lives. The first story, which takes place mostly at Chungking Mansions, focuses on a lovesick police officer, No.
It watches over, takes part in, mourns with, and celebrates. It is located in the basement of the building. It's an area where the Chinese literally brush shoulders with westerners, and is uniquely Hong Kong. Instead, she has decided to stand up the cop rather than show up for their date. The film, a simple, straight forward character piece that reaches unexpected levels, rightly described as a love note to Hong Kong, tells two different and unconventional love stories connected by having cops and a fast food joint named Chungking Express.
By the end of that time, he feels that he will either be rejoined with his love or that it too will have expired forever. We also see visual doubles many times throughout the film, especially in shots where Faye's likeness appears in a mirror, creating an on-screen symmetry. A wet boarding pass and a glint in the eye later, and one of the best endings to a romance and a film of modern cinema is given fruit. Here she seems to luxuriate in the opportunity to live in his world, be at the crux of it and fleetingly be present in that. Wong Kar-Wai has created a Hong Kong cop thriller that's about the cops and not the thrills.
Longing Longing is a common theme in 's films, and his stories are often driven by missed possibilities, unrequited love, and regrets about what could have been. Situated in Lan Kwai Fong, Midnight express is long gone, in 2006 when this shot was taken it was being refitted, for what I don't know but its now a 7-11. There are two lifts in each block, one of which serves even-numbered floors, the other odd-numbered floors. Mathews, Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong, University of Chicago Press, 2011. We can note both the voyeuristic and expressionistic aspects of this camera style.
For example, in a police raid in June 1995, about 1,750 people were questioned, and 45 men and seven women from Asian and African countries were arrested on suspicion of offences including failing to produce proof of identity, overstaying, using forged travel documents, possessing equipment for forging documents and possessing dangerous drugs. It is located on the ground floor and 1st floor of the building. Who knows what a random meeting will lead to? Every day he buys a can of sliced pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 with the intention of eating all the contents by the time his birthday arrives. Most, if not all, rooms are equipped with an air conditioner. Cop 223, of course, falls for the woman in the blonde wig, who commits a bevy of crimes including drug smuggling, kidnapping, and murder. Everyone has their own private way of coping with loss and alienation, and how each character does it feels both uniquely odd and strangely familiar. Faye Wong as an actress is totally engaging and totally believable in this role.
The music will stick in your head for at least a week after viewing this film. GradeSaver, 30 April 2019 Web. Aerial view of Chungking Mansions. While Cop 223 is jogging he receives a happy birthday message on his beeper from the mysterious wigged woman. Cop 663 asks if she can attend the grand opening taking place in a few days. I'm sure the ladies love his scenes in the apartment! On 21 February 1988, a fire broke out in the building. Space is at a minimum.
Desperation and tragic romanticism sparks our interest in the first story of the film, but Wong doesn't focus on the search. What Chungking Express lacks in narrative action, it makes up for with a dazzling, psychologically-rich visual style. Brigitte Lin and Takeshi Kaneshiro The film hits the ground running, literally. Words are inadequate, empty, inevitably reductive. Before he leaves her still sleeping on the bed in the morning, he gives her shoes a rough shine.
She does leave behind, however, a boarding pass she has drawn onto a paper napkin with a date one year later. So, first up is Wong Kar Wai's Chungking express and what used to be Midnight express, the takeaway in the movie where Faye Wong stole everybody's heart. There are many money changers located in the lower floors of Chungking Mansions who provide exchange services to the high number of people from all over the world living or doing business here. This one is less explicit, but the motorcycle outlaw is a classic type in movies dating back to the '60s, and surely we're supposed to believe that Cop 663's girlfriend left him for someone wilder, dangerous, and maybe even criminal. In Chungking Express, the standard genre character is fleshed out and humanized, and their inner struggles take on tremendous meaning. He started a two month break where Chungking Express was born and released before he continued production, something for Wong to feel comfortable in making movies again.