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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

CHUNG HING SAM IAM / CHUNGKING EXPRESS (1994)


Wong Kar-Wai found his distinctive modern romantic voice (urban, fleeting, richly textured, brightly colored, closely observed, touched with serendipitous meetings & misses) in this two-part film, an instant classic. And while his recent releases have become swooningly stylish with cinematic onanism, here everything still feels fresh. The two stories are unequally weighted, an appetizer and a main course. The women are kooks, cooks, assassins & stewardesses. All wildly attractive & desirable. The men are cops. All wildly attractive & adorably vulnerable. The course of true love never did run smooth. It’s Quentin Tarantino meets Ernst Lubitsch and altogether irresistible.

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