History Film / ChungkingExpress

6th Jan '16 2:09:39 PM aye_amber
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->''That was the closest we ever got - just 0.01 cm between us. Fifty-seven hours later, I fell in love with this woman.''

''Chungking Express'' (重慶森林) is a movie directed by WongKarWai and released in 1994. Creator/QuentinTarantino loved it so much that he signed a deal with Miramax to start his own releasing company specifically to distribute the movie in the US.

The movie can't be easily summarized, if only because it starts with one story, [[HalfwayPlotSwitch which it abandons on the way]] to continue with another. Essentially, each plot follows a Hong Kong cop and his strange romance with a woman they've just met, but the two ultimately differ in tone and conclusion. Arguably, rather than trying to tell a story, it is a depiction of the cramped, hectic, neurosis-inducing but strangely exciting contemporary life in the city.

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* BigEater: The first cop eats his way through 30 cans of pineapple to get over his ex, and then several plates of miscellaneous food when Brigitte Lin is sleeping.

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->''That was the closest we ever got - -- just 0.01 cm between us. Fifty-seven Fifty seven hours later, I fell in love with this woman.''

''Chungking Express'' (重慶森林) is a movie directed by WongKarWai Creator/WongKarWai and released in 1994. Creator/QuentinTarantino loved it so much that he signed a deal with Miramax [[MiramaxFilms Miramax]] to start his own releasing company specifically to distribute the movie in the US.

The movie can't be easily summarized, if only because it starts with one story, [[HalfwayPlotSwitch which it abandons on the way]] to continue with another. Essentially, each plot follows a Hong Kong cop cop, and his strange romance with a woman they've just met, but the two ultimately differ in tone and conclusion. Arguably, rather than trying to tell a story, it is a depiction of the cramped, hectic, neurosis-inducing neurosis inducing, but strangely exciting contemporary life in the city.

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* BigEater: The first cop eats his way through 30 cans of pineapple to get over his ex, and then several plates of miscellaneous food food, when Brigitte Lin is sleeping.



* EvenBeggarsWontChooseIt: When the first cop, who has been collecting pineapple cans with a May 1 peremption date in memory of his girlfriend dumping him, tries to give one to a beggar on the night of April 30, the beggar lobs it back at him. "It's past its sell-by date! you keep it!"

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* EvenBeggarsWontChooseIt: When the first cop, who has been collecting pineapple cans with a May 1 peremption date date, in memory of his girlfriend dumping him, tries to give one to a beggar on the night of April 30, the beggar lobs it back at him. "It's past its sell-by sell by date! you You keep it!" it!"



* DoggedNiceGuy: 223 can't take a hint if his life depended on it.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Faye's short hair has grown long [[spoiler: when she returns as a stewardess]].
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Policeman 663 is only known by his badge number. (223 introduces himself at the beginning as He Qiwu.)
* {{Fetish}}: Policeman 663 has a thing for air hostesses.

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* DoggedNiceGuy: 223 Cop #223 can't take a hint if his life depended on it.
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Faye's short hair has grown long [[spoiler: when she returns as a stewardess]].
stewardess.]]
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Policeman 663 Cop #663 is only known by his badge number. (223 (Cop #223 introduces himself at the beginning as He Qiwu.)
* {{Fetish}}: Policeman 663 Cop #663 has a thing for air hostesses.



* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Faye. Childlike, wacky mannerisms? Check. Idealistic and free-spirited to cop #663's broken heart and outward stuffed shirt? Check. Tendency towards petty crime? Check. Amazingly cute? Very much check.
* MaybeEverAfter: Brigitte Lin's character and the first cop. We never find out if they got anywhere but our last impression of Brigitte Lin is her wishing him a happy birthday over the answering machine - perhaps she was warming to him?
* NoNameGiven: We never learn the name of Brigitte Lin's character, or as mentioned, cop #663.

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* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Faye. Childlike, wacky mannerisms? Check. Idealistic and free-spirited free spirited, to cop Cop #663's broken heart and outward stuffed shirt? Check. Tendency towards petty crime? Check. Amazingly cute? Very much check.
* MaybeEverAfter: Brigitte Lin's character and the first cop. We never find out if they got anywhere anywhere, but our last impression of Brigitte Lin is her wishing him a happy birthday birthday, over the answering machine - -- perhaps she was warming to him?
* NoNameGiven: We never learn the name of Brigitte Lin's character, or as mentioned, cop Cop #663.



** In a flashback scene, we see his then-girlfriend do her safety instruction routine over the usual voice recording ("emergency exits are located at the front and back..."), while at his place and with her top off. It's an obvious turn-on for him.
* ShipperOnDeck: The store manager gives people advice about their love lives, and even hustles all the other employees away when #663 approaches so Faye will be alone with him.
* SleepCute: Cop 633 and Faye.
* StalkerWithACrush: Faye steals the second cop's house keys and sneaks into his flat. She makes a habit of moving his stuff around and buying him new things just to see whether he'll notice. She also inspects his bed with a magnifying glass for evidence of sexual activity.

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** In a flashback scene, we see his then-girlfriend then girlfriend do her safety instruction routine over the usual voice recording ("emergency exits are located at the front and back..."), while at his place place, and with her top off. It's an obvious turn-on for him.
* ShipperOnDeck: The store manager gives people advice about their love lives, and even hustles all the other employees away when Cop #663 approaches approaches, so Faye will be alone with him.
* SleepCute: Cop 633 #633 and Faye.
* StalkerWithACrush: Faye steals the second cop's house keys and sneaks into his flat. She makes a habit of moving his stuff around and around, buying him new things things, just to see whether he'll notice. She also inspects his bed with a magnifying glass for evidence of sexual activity.



* {{Tsundere}}: Faye is a Type A for Cop 633.

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* {{Tsundere}}: Faye is a Type A for Cop 633.#633.



23rd Jul '15 5:12:03 PM SomeRandomBastard
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->''This is the kind of movie you'll relate to if you love film itself, rather than its surface aspects such as story and stars.''
-->-- '''RogerEbert'''

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->''This is ->''That was the kind of movie you'll relate to if you closest we ever got - just 0.01 cm between us. Fifty-seven hours later, I fell in love film itself, rather than its surface aspects such as story and stars.with this woman.''
-->-- '''RogerEbert'''



The movie can't be easily summarized, if only because it starts with one story, [[HalfwayPlotSwitch which it abandons on the way]] to continue with another. Arguably, rather than having a plot, it is a depiction of the cramped, hectic, neurosis-inducing but strangely exciting life in contemporary Hong Kong.

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The movie can't be easily summarized, if only because it starts with one story, [[HalfwayPlotSwitch which it abandons on the way]] to continue with another. Essentially, each plot follows a Hong Kong cop and his strange romance with a woman they've just met, but the two ultimately differ in tone and conclusion. Arguably, rather than having trying to tell a plot, story, it is a depiction of the cramped, hectic, neurosis-inducing but strangely exciting life in contemporary Hong Kong.
life in the city.


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* CringeComedy: Qiwu's attempts to pick up women.
19th May '14 5:34:51 AM blueranger
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* BoyishShortHair: Faye.


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* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: Faye's short hair has grown long [[spoiler: when she returns as a stewardess]].


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* LongHairIsFeminine: We first see Faye from behind and the cop assumes she is a man because of her short hair.


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* MaybeEverAfter: Brigitte Lin's character and the first cop. We never find out if they got anywhere but our last impression of Brigitte Lin is her wishing him a happy birthday over the answering machine - perhaps she was warming to him?


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* {{Tsundere}}: Faye is a Type A for Cop 633.
19th Feb '14 11:55:58 AM m8e
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''Chungking Express'' (重慶森林) is a movie directed by WongKarWai and released in 1994. QuentinTarantino loved it so much that he signed a deal with Miramax to start his own releasing company specifically to distribute the movie in the US.

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''Chungking Express'' (重慶森林) is a movie directed by WongKarWai and released in 1994. QuentinTarantino Creator/QuentinTarantino loved it so much that he signed a deal with Miramax to start his own releasing company specifically to distribute the movie in the US.
22nd Jan '14 10:08:37 PM Darkspectar
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* LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn: The first usage of "California Dreamin'," and the second usage of "What a Difference a Day Made."



* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: The first usage of "California Dreamin'," and the second usage of "What a Difference a Day Made."


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* SunglassesAtNight: Brigitte Lin's character.
25th Jun '13 6:33:27 AM Larkmarn
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* TheNameless: We never learn the name of Brigitte Lin's character, or as mentioned, cop #663.

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* TheNameless: NoNameGiven: We never learn the name of Brigitte Lin's character, or as mentioned, cop #663.
30th Jul '12 4:47:42 AM erforce
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->''This is the kind of movie you'll relate to if you love film itself, rather than its surface aspects such as story and stars.''
-->-- '''RogerEbert'''

''Chungking Express'' (重慶森林) is a movie directed by WongKarWai and released in 1994. QuentinTarantino loved it so much that he signed a deal with Miramax to start his own releasing company specifically to distribute the movie in the US.

The movie can't be easily summarized, if only because it starts with one story, [[HalfwayPlotSwitch which it abandons on the way]] to continue with another. Arguably, rather than having a plot, it is a depiction of the cramped, hectic, neurosis-inducing but strangely exciting life in contemporary Hong Kong.

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!!Contains examples of:

* BigEater: The first cop eats his way through 30 cans of pineapple to get over his ex, and then several plates of miscellaneous food when Brigitte Lin is sleeping.
* EvenBeggarsWontChooseIt: When the first cop, who has been collecting pineapple cans with a May 1 peremption date in memory of his girlfriend dumping him, tries to give one to a beggar on the night of April 30, the beggar lobs it back at him. "It's past its sell-by date! you keep it!"
* TheDanza: Faye Wong as Faye.
* DoggedNiceGuy: 223 can't take a hint if his life depended on it.
* EveryoneCallsHimBarkeep: Policeman 663 is only known by his badge number. (223 introduces himself at the beginning as He Qiwu.)
* {{Fetish}}: Policeman 663 has a thing for air hostesses.
* FemmeFatale: Brigitte Lin's character.
* GenreShift: It starts as an urban thriller and turns into a romantic comedy.
* GirlNextDoor: Faye.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch
* HongKong: Arguably the main character of the movie is the city itself.
* IndyPloy: The Brigitte Lin character stages an impromptu kidnapping to get some information.
* LocalHangout: Both cops get their snacks and coffee at a local pit stop called the Midnight Express. It's the setting for much of the movie.
* ManicPixieDreamGirl: Faye. Childlike, wacky mannerisms? Check. Idealistic and free-spirited to cop #663's broken heart and outward stuffed shirt? Check. Tendency towards petty crime? Check. Amazingly cute? Very much check.
* TheNameless: We never learn the name of Brigitte Lin's character, or as mentioned, cop #663.
* SexyStewardess: The second cop's former girlfriend. His next girlfriend emulates her and becomes one as well.
** In a flashback scene, we see his then-girlfriend do her safety instruction routine over the usual voice recording ("emergency exits are located at the front and back..."), while at his place and with her top off. It's an obvious turn-on for him.
* ShipperOnDeck: The store manager gives people advice about their love lives, and even hustles all the other employees away when #663 approaches so Faye will be alone with him.
* SleepCute: Cop 633 and Faye.
* SorryILeftTheBGMOn: The first usage of "California Dreamin'," and the second usage of "What a Difference a Day Made."
* StalkerWithACrush: Faye steals the second cop's house keys and sneaks into his flat. She makes a habit of moving his stuff around and buying him new things just to see whether he'll notice. She also inspects his bed with a magnifying glass for evidence of sexual activity.
* TrainEscape: Brigitte Lin's character, as she's being chased by vengeful drug dealers.
* WordSaladTitle: The title blends together the name of Chungking Mansions, a cheap apartment complex in Kowloon, and that of the Midnight Express pit stop.

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