Wong Kar Wai's Chungking Express (1994) is now streaming on MUBI in Latin America, India, the Netherlands, and many other countries.
Shot on a shoestring in six wild weeks, Chungking Express (1994) is the movie that put legendary Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar Wai on the international map—along with his star, pop diva Faye Wong...and her Cantonese cover of The Cranberries's hit "Dreams."
Host Rico Gagliano learns how the song, the director, and the singer all came together to capture Hong Kong at a moment of anxiety and hope—and how the tune still unites people in karaoke bars across Asia. Featuring Cranberries guitarist Noel Hogan, Hong Kong-born indiepop star Emma-Lee Moss (aka Emmy The Great), and NPR critic-at large John Powers—the author, with Wong Kar Wai, of WKW: The Cinema of Wong Kar Wai.
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