Chungking Express
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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.
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"I've never been a big fan of technique that calls attention to itself, but Wong's frenetic blend of slow motion, pixilation, rushing backgrounds and frozen foregrounds (or vice versa) is as integral to this movie as its bubbly story and characters."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Dull it is not, but Wong's trademark sense of romantic melancholy fails to jell amid all the excess."
‑ Dave Kehr, New York Daily News
"Written and directed by Wong Kar-wai, the film is an imaginative piece of filmmaking and an evocative essay on contemporary Hong Kong as it prepares for a return to Chinese rule."
‑ David Sterritt, Christian Science Monitor
"The performances as a whole are a joy and the script is a gem."
‑ David Parkinson, Radio Times
"Neither of the movie's two stories makes complete sense, but that hardly matters. This is like being inside a pinball machine with a toddler at the controls."
‑ Leah Rozen, People Magazine
"[Wong's] hypnotic images of love and loss finally wear down your resistance as seemingly discordant sights and sounds coalesce into a radiant, crazy quilt."
‑ Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"It's the cinematic equivalent of popcorn on a hot stove with jump-cut shots, freeze frames, stirringly beautiful images and boundless energy."
‑ Desson Thomson, Washington Post
"Made in less than three months using a hand-held camera, director/writer Wong Kar-Wai's Chungking Express is a tale that only a diehard film buff might enjoy."
‑ Roger Hurlburt, South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Despite the simplicity of the stories, Chungking Express is an inventive, richly human and rewarding film that expands Hong Kong cinema in one fell swoop."
‑ , Film4
"Quentin Tarantino and Xavier Dolan are just two of the directors who've worshipped at the altar of Wong Kar-wai. Chungking Express remains the best reason why."
‑ Jason Anderson, eye WEEKLY
"Chungking Express is a breezy little Hong Kong movie that has more life, energy, humanity and sheer visual zing than most other shows you'll see in a month or so."
‑ Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"A lyrical and delightfully goofy study in romantic longing."
‑ Carrie Rickey, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Wong's dreamlike tone and Doyle's stunning cinematography make this strange love story a joy to watch."
‑ Kim Newman, Empire Magazine
"The pleasure to be had from hanging out with Wong's pale-and-interesting unrequited lovers lies in the zippy shooting style and warm, winning performances."
‑ , Total Film
"Pure sensation, yes, but with a distinct point of view."
‑ Rob Nelson, City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul
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