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Faye Wong (Actor) | Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Brigitte Lin (Actor)
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Chungking Express (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.9 out of 10 (16)

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Chungking Express has finally been Digitally Remastered! This DVD presentation of Wong Kar Wai's classic Hong Kong film is based on a newly-created HD master - a massive improvement over previous versions of the film.

From director Wong Kar Wai comes Chungking Express, a charming and breezy Hong Kong classic that's considered by some to be the director's signature work! Tony Leung Chiu Wai and Takeshi Kaneshiro star as a pair of cops who roam Hong Kong's Tsimshatsui and Central districts at night. However, it's not crime that occupies their thoughts, but failed relationships and missed romantic chances. Each finds their own possibilities in Hong Kong's fast-moving neon cityscape, among them a mysterious runaway smuggler (a blond-wigged Brigitte Lin) and a flighty but utterly charming counter-girl (Faye Wong) at the 24-hour Midnight Express deli. Using a full compliment of stylish and enthralling cinema powers, Wong Kar Wai manages to create a poetic, emotional, and endearingly quirky look at love in the big city that's both contemplative and breathlessly effervescent. A New Wave masterpiece with a dash of MTV sprinkled in, Chungking Express is a pop-culture valentine to a city that never sleeps, and the lovelorn individuals who look for - and sometimes find - love in the most unexpected of places!

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Product Title: Chungking Express (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version) 重慶森林 (DVD) (修復版) (香港版) 重庆森林 (DVD) (修复版) (香港版) 恋する惑星 (重慶森林) (リマスター版) (香港版) Chungking Express (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Faye Wong (Actor) | Tony Leung Chiu Wai (Actor) | Kaneshiro Takeshi (Actor) | Brigitte Lin (Actor) 王菲 (Actor) | 梁 朝偉 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 林青霞 (Actor) 王靖雯 王菲 (Actor) | 梁 朝伟 (Actor) | 金城 武 (Actor) | 林青霞 (Actor) 王菲 (フェイ・ウォン)  (Actor) | 梁朝偉 (トニー・レオン) (Actor) | 金城武 (Actor) | 林青霞 (ブリジット・リン) (Actor) Faye Wong (Actor) | 양조위 (Actor) | 금성무 (Actor) | Brigitte Lin (Actor)
Director: Wong Kar Wai 王 家衛 王 家卫 王家衛 (ウォン・カーウァイ)  왕가위
Release Date: 2008-05-26
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: DTS Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): DVD, DVD-9
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Duration: 102 (mins)
Publisher: Mei Ah (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1010917138

Product Information

* Screen Format: 16:9 Anamorphic Widescreen
* Sound Mix: DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1
* DVD Type: DVD-9

導演:王家衛
Director: Wong Ka Wai

  最痴情的酷!
  最冷漠的熱情!
  愛與被愛都要他的命!

  如無意外,1994年5月1日凌晨,戴金色假髮的女子將死於重慶大廈,一個女毒販失手的下場。探員223與金髮女子在4月30日在重慶大廈擦身而過,他對她一無所知,但在6小時後,223愛上了這個女人。

  在距離重慶大廈1.5公里外的中環,633保存著一封分手信。他的女友是一位空姐,兩人相識在二萬五仟呎高空,他為這段感情注滿了汽油,不料卻中途轉了站,此時菲已乘著銀河列車,悄然降落在這條跑道上。

  Wong Kar-Wai's movie about two love-struck cops is filmed in impressionistic splashes of motion and color. The first half deals with Cop 223, who has broken up with his girlfriend of five years. He purchases a tin of pineapples with an expiration date of May 1 each day for a month. By the end of that time, he feels that he will either be rejoined with his love or that it too will have expired forever. The second half shows Cop 663 dealing with his breakup with his flight attendant girlfriend. He talks to his apartment furnishings until he meets a new girl at a local lunch counter.
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Professional Review of "Chungking Express (DVD) (Remastered Edition) (Hong Kong Version)"

August 16, 2006

This professional review refers to Chungking Express DTS (Korean Version)
Having just filmed his martial arts epic, Ashes of Time, Wong Kar-Wai was getting bogged down in the editing process of the film. To creatively revitalise himself, he undertook Chungking Express in 1994 as an in-between project, quickly shooting a film built around a couple of lightweight stories, but imbuing the screen with all the vividness and spontaneity of its Hong Kong locations. Chungking Express was originally intended to consist of three loosely interconnected storylines, but in the end the third episode was carried over and used as the starting point for his next film Fallen Angels (1995), which consequently has much in common with its predecessor.

Chungking Express takes its name from two colourful Hong Kong locations - the Chungking Mansions, a bustling hive of life that houses all sorts of characters involved in shady activities, and the Midnight Express fast-food bar, where several of these characters live their lives and pass each other on a day to day basis. In the first part of the film, we meet plainclothes cop #223, He Qiwu (Takeshi Kaneshiro), who has just broken-up with his girlfriend May. Unwilling to let go of the relationship, he sets the date of his 25th birthday as a time when, like the expiry date on the cans of pineapple he eats, he needs to accept that the expiry date of their relationship has also been reached. He meets a mysterious woman at a bar, a drug dealer (Brigitte Lin) wearing sunglasses and a blonde wig who has been set-up by her ex-partner. In one of those strange coincidences that occur in that part of the city, this unlikely couple of cop and drug-dealer cross paths and find in each other the motivation they need to move on.

The second story, only very loosely connected to the first part, sees another policeman known only as #633 (Tony Leung), who takes advice on his love-life from the owner of the Midnight Express snack-bar (Chen Jinquan). When his air-hostess girlfriend disappears on a rescheduled flight, he fears the worst and won't open the letter that has been left behind the counter for him. The owner's cousin, Faye (played by Cantonese pop-idol, Faye Wong) who works at the bar is curious about the handsome policeman and finds a set of keys in the envelope. Being somewhat of a romantic dreamer, spending her days at the food-bar playing California Dreaming by The Mamas and the Papas, she hatches a plot in her mind, visiting #633's house and surreptitiously injecting her own touches and personality into his place.

On paper, the plot descriptions of Chungking Express, as in most Wong Kar-Wai films, not only fail to capture what the films are about, they are actually make the films sound whimsical and trivial. But that is precisely what makes them so wonderful. In their own eccentric way, the stories that make up Chungking Express perfectly capture the fickleness of relationships, how people cope and move on, and how chance and coincidence play a large part in the way that people who normally pass each other on the street everyday can suddenly connect in unexpected ways. A lot of the success of Chungking Express must be therefore be attributed to the almost perfect cast who all deliver charismatic and sympathetic performances that capture the essence of these characters and the lives they lead.

Shooting, editing and releasing the film in just three months in improvised locations amid the seething hustle and bustle of downtown Hong Kong, the filmmaking process of Chungking Express is perfectly in tune with its subject matter. Wong Kar-Wai and cinematographer Christopher Doyle's dazzling, busy, blurry handheld camera (with Andrew Lau on second unit photography) capture the movement, colour and moments of magic that exist in the everyday lives of ordinary people - the little dreams, frustrations and coincidences that make up their lives. There are so many 'little moments' in this film and everyone will have their own favourites: Takeshi Kaneshiro's bar encounter with Brigitte Lin in her sunglasses and blonde wig; Tony Leung, devilishly handsome in his police uniform as he slips from the shadows into the light of the Midnight Express counter to the strains of California Dreaming; Faye Wong wrestling with a giant Garfield cuddly toy or dancing around in #633's apartment to her own Cantonese recording of a Cranberries song; or even just the sight of kitchen staff singing with a carrot. All these scenes capture the whole experience of falling in and out of love, of living and dreaming, and that's all Chungking Express is about.

DVD
Chungking Express is released in Korea by AltoDVD. The film is contained in an individual slimline cardboard digipack, held together with a slipcase displaying the poster artwork for each film on front and back. The DVD is encoded for Region 3 and is in NTSC format.

Video
The video quality is striking. I've seen the film before on a number of DVD and VCD editions - this would be the fourth edition of Chungking Express I've owned on DVD - and I've never seen either film look as good as they do here. I wouldn't have believed they could look this good, since even the previous best editions of the film still showed numerous tiny marks and scratches that I thought must have been inherent in the rough and ready nature of the making of the film. Not so. On this edition of Chungking Express, there are no marks or scratches on the film at all. If you have seen any other edition of the film on DVD, you can imagine exactly how big a difference that makes. What might not be evident from the screenshots accompanying this review however is just how fluid and stable the film now looks, with not a single flicker or digital artefact, perfectly detailing even the most blurred motion and time-lapse sequences of the film. Doubtlessly restored, the quality of the prints here reveals Chungking Express to be as clear and colourful as we have become accustomed to expect from Wong Kar-Wai in films like In The Mood For Love and 2046. Only blacks are relatively less well defined, not showing a great amount of shadow detail. Some might find the 1.78:1 aspect ratio of the transfer an issue, but in practice it appears to make very little difference to the composition of the film. Otherwise, the film looks outstanding and it is hard to conceive of it looking any better than it does here.

Audio
Perhaps more controversially, the original Dolby Digital 2.0 track has been dropped in favour of new Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 remixes. Considering the rights to the film belong to the filmmakers themselves and that the film has doubtlessly been restored by Jet Tone/Block 2 Pictures, I would expect that these would be official restorations and remixes of the original soundtrack. (Incidentally, the copyright date at the end of the credits is 1999, but I don't know what that indicates.) The surround mixes here are fabulous. There is a fair amount of hiss still audible on the dialogue track - evidently a consequence of the improvisational nature of the original analogue recording - but the dialogue is clear with none of the roughness, crackle and sibilance found on previous editions of the film. The central channel that contains the dialogue sounded slightly low in the mix on my sound set-up, particularly when the music score and other ambient effects, both of which play a major part of in the film, were being output on the other channels - but the overall effect of the new mixes is powerful and enveloping, as this film ought to be, with no noticeable re-recording or addition of new sounds or music cues. It's hard to hold any grudge against the non-inclusion of the original 2.0 mixes, which on any previous DVD edition has always sounded very rough and crackly.

Subtitles
English and Korean subtitles are provided in a clear white font and are of course both optional. They are good and in keeping with the traditional tone of the films, but not perfect. There are no annoying grammatical or spelling errors, but rather a few typos, dropping a couple of letters here and there - "rainning" for "raining" and "ou" for "out" for example. These are not frequent - two or three on Chungking Express.

Extras
The film comes with Korean Commentary track, which will not be of any use to English viewers. I would be curious about how anyone could provide a commentary for such an elliptical film as this, but without knowing what it consists of, I can't make any comment on the quality or appropriateness. Other than that we have a Trailer (2:44) for Chungking Express, letterboxed at a ratio of about 1.60:1, and a Trailer (2:43).

All editions present the film at a ratio of 1.78:1. There are slight but noticeable differences in the framing of each of the editions - the US edition being clearly zoomed in. The US Miramax edition is also the least accurate in terms of colour timing, the Korean to my eyes having moreover much more clarity, detail of tone, sharpness and lack of grain than the Artificial Eye release. The most evident difference between the Korean R3 and the other editions, is in the cleaning up of the thousands of tiny marks and scratches that riddled the film.

Overall
Initially undertaken as a filler project, Chungking Express and its follow-up Fallen Angels are far from throwaway films - Wong Kar-Wai and cinematographer Christopher Doyle rather take the opportunity to do something fresh and immediate, experimenting with spontaneous storytelling and filmmaking techniques that would lead the way towards the more intuitive and improvisational explorations of character and mood in Happy Together, In The Mood For Love and 2046. Both these groundbreaking films still hold that sense of fun, freshness and willingness to take chances that lies at the heart of the characters whose stories they tell. This is all the more evident when you are able to see the films in the full-colour, unblemished glory that the Korean DVD transfers provide. If this is how good Chungking Express and Fallen Angels can look, the prospect of Ashes of Time being restored to a similar level is almost too staggering to contemplate.

by Noel Megahey - DVD Times

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Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9.9 out of 10 (16)

Mooves
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July 8, 2012

This customer review refers to Chungking Express (Blu-ray) (UK Version)
2 people found this review helpful

A Timeless Movie Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Unlike the other Wong Kar Wai's movies, famed for their slow and convoluted plots, Chungking Express is refreshingly simple, which makes the movie watchable at any time of the day. Yet it does not lose any of the raw urban emotions that the characters felt and experienced. For some reason, I had only watched the second story with Tony Leung and Faye Wong previously - which had me humming California Dreaming for days. I saw the complete movie for the first time today, and totally get the haplessness felt by a very young Takeshi Kaneshiro. One can't really tell that the movie is 18 years old but the pager and the public phone did bring back feelings of nostalgia.
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Phoenix Lin
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April 1, 2007

This customer review refers to Chungking Express (US Version)
2 people found this review helpful

modern relationships Customer Review Rated Bad 9 - 9 out of 10
If you enjoy the Pulp Fiction method of presentation, you can definately see how/where Quentin Tarintino was influenced by this film & you'll enjoy the quirky modern love/relationship story as well. The nectar is in the dialogue or the often on-going monologue of its equally quirky characters. You basically want to cheer them on the whole time regardless of or perhaps because of familiarity with their quirkiness. This edition includes a brief introducation with Tarentino.
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September 4, 2006

This customer review refers to Chungking Express DTS (Korean Version)
2 people found this review helpful

Best Version Yet? Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Being that Chungking Express is my favorite film of all time, I got have the best Dvd Version. I own four other Dvd Releases and this Korean version is one of the best. The DTS sound is incredible, just about ever sound is picked up, example when California Dreamin is playing it actually sounds like it's coming from the radio and doesn't drown out everything else. The video is very sharp with minimal video artfacts (beats all other versions in the sharpness department). It does appear to be darker than the AE PAL version but does look natural and the movie runs uncut, unlike the PAL version. The only negatives I can say about this version is it appears to be cropped like R1 version and a little darker, but with the DTS sound, uncut, and a huge improvement in the video sharpness, I would recommend this Korean Version to anyone you loves Chungking Express or is in need of an upgrade from the crappy Mirmaxe Version.
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December 5, 2005

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Great Movie! Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
The first time I watched it, which was many many years ago, I didn't quite get the film. But after watching it again, I really enjoyed it. It has 2 great stories in one and they're both distinct and very cool. Please restock it in its original Cantonese version. Thanks!
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April 7, 2005

This customer review refers to Chungking Express (Taiwan Version)
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Classic Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Watched it once, no big deal. Watched a second time, and I can't get it out of my head. Memorable, hypnotic and captivating. ChungKing Express is a quick acting and potent dose of Hong Kong spirit. Need I say more?
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