It’s hard to recommend this movie without just going “You just totally should!” because it’s hard to describe. I can say it’s an anti-love love story(ies), but that’s Wong Kar Wai’s modus goddamn operandi. And I can outline the plot, but, like his other films, the log line is really simple and it’s not something that makes you go, “Oh wow, I need to see that.” (The film is two stories about lovelorn cops, both just broken up, and how they deal with it. It’s better than it sounds.)
Things I will say:
- I have a love/hate relationship with this movie. I love it because it’s great (again, it’s more about the mood of this film than anything, and I can’t really describe it without going into it). I hate it because for Wong Kar Wai this was a goddamn writer’s block exercise that he literally shat out when he was editing Ashes of Time with actors from that film and he decided he needed a break and for six weeks did this.
- It made Quentin Tarantino, the man who gave us this, cry. (His further thoughts and more background on Chungking Express here.)
Seriously go see this film. Trailer here.
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