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Winton Library Film: Chungking Express (1994)

The Winton Library offers a great selection of foreign and independent films on the last Monday of the month.  This month: Chungking Express (PG-13, 103 min., 1994).  See an independent review found on IMDB below:

Two stories, two lovelorn cops, two objects of desire: one a big-time heroin dealer in deep trouble with her boss after the cargo disappears, the other a seriously flaky take-out waitress who inadvertently gets hold of the keys to her admirer's apartment, all shot in a breathless kaleidoscope of color and hand-held camera work to create a mesmerizing portrait of Hong Kong in the 1990s. Written by Michael Brooke <[masked]>

Wikipedia entry:  Chungking Express

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chungking_Express

Popcorn is provided.  Also join us afterward for food and discussion at the Wintonaire, just a walk across the street from the library. 

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  • Brian

    Interesting movie. A little hard to describe, but I will never think of the Beach Boys "California Dreamin" the same way. Beautiful camerawork, intricate story. Fun to think about, I say. Five of us tried to decipher it at The Winfield Grill (Wintonaire had a band on a Monday, too loud). We all 5 liked the movie, good choice of the Winton librarian.

    August 26, 2013

    • Brian

      Oops, that was the Mamas & Papas that did California Dreaming. I did download it, and will listen to it loudly over and over and...

      August 28, 2013

  • Marcia

    Thanks Brenda,
    But what was all the nonesense prior to his meeting the woman in the blonde wig & why was he talking with the inanimate objects and why did he think they were crying? I feel as if I missed the whole point of the film.

    August 27, 2013

  • Brenda

    I missed this transition in the movie, a friend who has watched it a few times pointed it out (in case you are wondering):
    On 1 May, Qiwu, looking for romance, approaches the woman in the blonde wig at a bar (the Bottoms Up Club). However, she is exhausted and falls asleep in a hotel room, leaving him to watch old movies alone all night and order take-out food. He shines her shoes before he leaves her sleeping on the bed. She leaves in the morning and shoots the drug baron (played by Thom Baker) who had set her up. Qiwu goes jogging and receives a message from her on his pager wishing him a happy birthday. He then visits his usual snack food store where he collides with a new staff member, Faye. At this point, a new story begins.

    August 27, 2013

  • Jean

    Thanks for mentioning the hand-held camera. I appreciate the technique, but makes me a little queasy sometimes

    August 26, 2013

  • Christine

    Walking at 6 pm, have fun!

    August 25, 2013

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