Chungking Express Screening Notes

Chungking Express Screening Notes - In-Class Observations:...

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In-Class Observations: Chungking Express Here again, is another love story from Wong Kar-Wai, but this one, unlike any before or after, ends happily. Despite the ending, much of the subject matter that fills the first half of the film is at times so dark and heady, it’s oppressive and disorienting. The chase scenes are step-printed, literally blurring the lines of reality even further. Also, Brigitte Lin’s character remains completely inscrutable throughout. Her dark glasses and blonde wig reveal neither her eyes nor her past. The film is seen largely (especially in the first half) as an expose to the relentless anonymity of urban living in Hong Kong. It is presented as perilous and alienating (drug smuggling, murder, etc.) as well as stimulating and exciting (music, food, pop-culture). Take for example how all of the characters (except Faye) are either unnamed or numbered. This dualistic portrayal of urban living is due to the subjectivity of Wong’s storytelling. Wong veers stylistically and thematically from psycho-thriller to romantic comedy, but somehow, it all works. Perhaps what helps to tie the seemingly incongruous story together is a series of interrelations between
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This note was uploaded on 08/13/2011 for the course ENG 2103 taught by Professor Lisastokes during the Spring '09 term at Seminole State College.

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