CKE Tops NY Times ‘Holiday DVDs’ List

Chungking Express, starring Faye Wong (王菲), Tony Leung Chiu-Wai (梁朝偉),
Takeshi Kaneshiro (金城武), and Brigitte Lin (林青霞 Lin Qingxia), tops the New York Times “Holiday DVDs” list, published 31 Oct 2008. The article, written by Charles Taylor and Stephanie Zacharek, features a full-blown photo of Faye in one of the scenes (see below) from the classic Wong Kar-wai [王家卫] film.

Excerpts from the article: “Chungking Express didn’t kick off a new era of filmmaking as Jean-Luc Godard’s Breathless did with the French Nouvelle Vague in 1960. But this Wong Kar-wai romantic bauble from 1994 is as joyously playful — stylish, discursive, flippantly romantic — as any movie since Breathless.”

“The pop star Faye Wong . . . with her big eyes and shag haircut has the aura of a hip pixie . . . [and] contributes a Cantonese version of the Cranberries’ hit ‘Dreams.’”

“As with Godard at his most whimsical, Chungking Express invests pop artifacts with the power of talismans. The constant repetition of the Mamas and the Papas’ ‘California Dreamin’’ can persuade you — if you weren’t already — that it holds the secrets of the universe. Chungking Express is one of those rare classics that isn’t just admired but cherished.”

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