Just two days ago, I was attending my last film studies lecture and this Hong Kong film is screened. I was shocked that I am so glued into this film that I just could not let go of the plot, narrative, themes, characters, music and the mise-en-scene. I have known to love Hong Kong dramas but never so much of films. Typical Hong Kong movies during the 90’s are mostly comedies and martial art themed which Wong Kar Wei wish to produce something else.
Chungking Express is now one of my best films to be watched. It is just amazing. I will probably watch it many times just because of many factors. When you hear the song “California Dreams”, you would never stop reminiscing the scene where Faye gestures her hand and dance along with the music. It is also the quirky and humor elements that adds onto the simplicity of the narrative, making it such a WOW factor for the audiences
Never have I know that films from the past are actually better than some movies in this period. No matter how different it is of the cinematic techniques, the production team is still able to produce top class film with a few of mambo-jumbo. Some people may argue that:” It is not about the story but more of the characters!” I totally agree with the fact that the characters are the central motif of the film. There wasn’t much of plot, yet it touches us with two simple love stories.
It is good to adapt yourself into various kinds of cinema as you will never know what you can learn. It may be culture, locations, dialogues, expression, scenes, camera movements, editing process and characters personality. Chungking express explain how time is such a mystify subject that we significantly do not take notice. Many unexpected events that occur do not just coincidence, the right time has to justify such circumstances. How Takeshi in the film explains that he hopes love will never expire so his relationship life span can be forever. He uses the expiry dates on canned food to signify the scenario. Genuinely, Chungking Express is a must watch film that inspires you in great depth on emotions, thoughts and perspective in life. It also represents a postcard of Hong Kong as the shooting locations are all renown suburbs, streets and alley. These setting show the messy, threatening, hustle and bustle city life.