Chung Hing sam lam / Chung King Express / Chungking Express (1994) DVD9 and Blu-Ray Criterion Collection
One of Wong Kar-Wai's better known films, at least in North America, Chungking Express is a film that basically tells two stories. The first story tells us of a young police officer known as Cop 223 (Takeshi Kaneshiro), who broke up with his long term girlfriend, May (who we never see). He's obviously distraught over this and he gives her an ultimatum in that he buys a can of pineapple with an expiration date of May 1, 1994 on it every day. It she doesn't call him and want to get back together by that date, he knows that they're not meant to be. When she doesn't call him he eats the expired pineapple and heads out to the local bar to drown his sorrows in booze. It's here that he meets a mysterious woman in sunglasses and a blonde wig (Brigitte Lin) who he soon falls in love with despite the obvious consequences giving her criminal career.

The second part of the film follows Cop 663 (Tony Leung) who is also distraught over the end of his relationship with a stewardess that he seduced one day. Eventually he becomes involved with Faye (Faye Wong), a woman who works at a nearby restaurant. Their relationship grows increasingly more and more unusual as she starts hanging out in his apartment while he's away at work, though he never notices the subtle changes that she makes. Their relationship, too, has unusual consequences.

Director: Kar Wai Wong
Cast: Brigitte Lin, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Tony Chiu Wai Leung
Country: Hong Kong
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Crime, Mystery

• Audio Commentary featuring Tony Rayns: The "noted Asian cinema critic", who has provided tracks on a number of Criterion releases (Ugestu, Yi Yi), is informative and well-spoken, proving to be the best choice for commentator (other than maybe Wong Kar-wai himself).
• Moving Pictures Episode (12:10): Director Wong Kar-wai and cinematographer Christopher Doyle join this 1996 episode of the British television show to discuss Chungking Express, other works, and influences while taking us to a handful of locations used in the film.
• U.S. Theatrical Trailer (1:30)
• Easter eggs: Hong Kong Theatrical Trailer (2:47)

DVD9 | NTSC 16:9 | 01:42:49 | 7.49 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Chinese
Subtitles: English

BD50 | 1080p AVC | 01:42:56 | 32.9 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Chinese
Subtitles: English

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