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Chungking Express

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Chungking Express
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Theatrical release poster
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Directed by Wong Kar-wai
Produced by Chan Yi-kan
Written by Wong Kar-wai
Starring Brigitte Lin
Tony Leung Chiu-Wai
Faye Wong
Takeshi Kaneshiro
Valerie Chow
Music by Frankie Chan
Roel. A Garcia
Cinematography Christopher Doyle
Lau Wai-Keung (Andrew Lau)
Edited by William Chang
Kai Kit-wai
Kwong Chi-Leung
Jet Tone Production
Distributed by Ocean Shores Video (HK)Miramax Films
Rolling Thunder Pictures(US)
Release dates
  • 14 July 1994 (Hong Kong)
Running time
98 minutes
Country Hong Kong
Language Cantonese
Box office $600,200 (US)
HK$7,678,549 (HK)

Chungking Express (重慶森林) is a 1994 Hong Kong drama film written and directed by Wong Kar-wai. The film consists of two stories told in sequence, each about a lovesick Hong Kong policeman mulling over his relationship with a woman. The first story stars Takeshi Kaneshiro as a cop who is obsessed with the break-up of his relationship with a woman named May and his platonic encounter with a mysterious drug smuggler (Brigitte Lin). The second stars Tony Leung as a police officer who is roused from his gloom over the loss of his flight attendant girlfriend (Valerie Chow) by the attentions of a quirky snack bar worker (Faye Wong). The film depicts a paradox in that even though the characters live in densely packed Hong Kong, they are mostly lonely and live in their own inner worlds.

The Chinese title translates to “Chungking Jungle”, referring to the metaphoric concrete jungle of the city, as well as to Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui, where much of the first part of the movie is set. The English title refers to Chungking Mansions and the Midnight Express food stall where Faye works.

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