Quick Review: Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express (1994)

A Potpourri of Vestiges Review

By Murtaza Ali Khan 

Chungking Express
Brigitte Lin and Takeshi Kaneshiro in Chungking Express

While he has made several masterpieces like Ashes of Times, In the Mood for Love, and Days of Being Wild, among others, watching Chungking Express alone gives one a great sense of understanding of Wong Kar Wai's mastery over the cinematic medium.

Chungking Express
Tony Leung and Faye Wong in Chungking Express

Chungking Express is as romantic as a movie can be but at the same time it is devastatingly heartbreaking, for it brings us up and close with the idea of unrequited love like no other movie. Only Wong Kar Wai with his foolhardy romantic outlook towards like could have made such a poignant film that despite its upbeat music and vibrant visuals tugs at our heartstrings, leaving us with a deep sense of longing. It's something that most of us have felt at one time or the other but Wong Kar Wai is able to spell it out for us while giving it a much deeper meaning.

The Step Printing Effect
A Still from Chungking Express: The Step Printing Effect

What happens when we first fall in love with someone? And what transpires when we fall out of love with someone? Is it just as sudden as falling in love or is it a much gradual process? And what role do the memories play in all of this? Wong Kar Wai's film takes us to the centre of all these questions, allowing us to find our own answers. Watch out for Wong Kar Wai's trademark step printing effect.

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