Chungking Express (重慶森林) (1994)

  • March 6, 2021 | 8:00 PM - 9:45 PM | Saturday
  • Oldham Theatre


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Alternative Title: 重慶森林
Directed by: Wong Kar Wai
Runtime: 102 minutes
Country: Hong Kong
Language: Cantonese with English subtitles
Rating: TBC


The Stockholm International Film Festival 1994

BEST ACTOR (Tony Leung Chiu Wai)
14th Hong Kong Film Awards (1995)

BEST ACTOR (Tony Leung Chiu Wai)
32nd Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival (1995)


Full Synopsis

Two interweaving stories take place around Chungking Mansions, a mazelike commercial complex in Hong Kong. One cop, lovesick after being dumped by his girlfriend, falls for a mysterious, blond-wigged, gun-toting femme fatale. A second cop remains oblivious to the attention of a California-dreamy waitress at a fast food counter who resorts to re-arranging his apartment behind his back.

This 4K digital restoration was undertaken from the 35 mm original camera negative by the Criterion Collection in collaboration with L’Immagine Ritrovata and Jet Tone. It was supervised and approved by Wong Kar Wai

Director’s statement on the restoration 

Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love were shot and released theatrically in 1.66:1, one of my favorite aspect ratios, but they were converted to 1.85:1 on videogram. Since most people experienced these films on videogram, it perpetuated the belief that they were shot in 1.85:1. With these restorations, you will be watching them in their original aspect ratio.

Chungking Express was made before 5.1 surround sound, so we had to retool the settings and sound configurations this time.”

Text courtesy of Jet Tone Films and Janus Films


To see the full Retrospective: Wong Kar Wai programme, please refer here. The programme will run from 5 March to 4 April 2021 at Oldham Theatre.

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