I had to watch it twice, as I was so enraptured with the gritty, immediate images and expressive characters I wasn't paying attention to the subtitles, and the specifics of what was being said. A seamless mashup of heroic-bloodshed shoot-em-up, screwball comedy and erotic romance, replete with Kar-Wai's eccentric, lonely insomniacs, run amok in a neon-soaked Hong-Kong that's both playful and ruthless. Masterpiece.
Cinematography by Christopher Doyle. "Desire" list: Takeshi Kaneshiro's angel is not one, thought his fall gets him very well. Like a Joseph H. Lewis character, his violence is an expression of his bulletproof beauty.
what a crazy lovely film. and yes it may look pointless or just like a superficial exercise of style but that's the surface. all those characters, basically lost but deeply charismatic, were trying to add some meaning to their lives and cope with their fears and loneliness, which is kinda what he did in Chungking Express. naturally, the cinematography, that reaches to the absolute perfection, gets all the attention.
I found heaps of attitude in this film yet very little content to match its energy, so much so that I ended up resenting its narrative carelessness, as much as I admire Mr. Wong's technique and the genius of Chris Doyle I couldn't help but feel vastly underwhelmed after it ended. It also didn't help that I held my expectations high for this film after the wonderful experience Chungking Express proved to be.
Lots of style. It's like a medley of whacked-out stories including badass murderers and fake ice cream vendors. The music abruptly changes styles, while the stories juxtapose themselves too. It made me want to be rogue and weird, like them.
Stylized and emotionally distant as its characters. Something like: love in the time of urban alienation. Subjectively, not at all my favourite Wong Kar Wai film, but objectively pretty much perfect. And Takeshi Kaneshiro's character wins me every time.