Capital Celluloid 2021 — Day 74: Thu Jul 29

Chunking Express (Wong Kar Wai, 1994): BFI Southbank, NFT1, 2.30pm

This film, on an extended run at BFI Southbank, is part of the Womg Kar-wai season.

Chicago Reader review:
An immensely charming and energetic comedy (1994, 97 min.) by Wong Kar-wai, one of the most exciting and original contemporary Hong Kong filmmakers. Though less ambitious than 
Days of Being Wild (1990) or Ashes of Time (1994) and less hyperbolic than Fallen Angel (1995), this provides an ideal introduction to his work. Both of its two stories are set in present-day Hong Kong and deal poignantly with young policemen striving to get over unsuccessful romantic relationships and having unconventional encounters with women (a mob assassin and an infatuated fast-food waitress respectively). Wong's singular frenetic visual style and his special feeling for lonely romantics may remind you of certain French New Wave directors, but this movie isn't a trip down memory lane; it's a vibrant commentary on young love today, packed with punch and personality.
Jonathan Rosenbaum

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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