Chungking Express Film Analysis

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Before I analyze the film Chungking Express, I would like to briefly introduce its director—Wang Kar-Wai, a great master who specialized in describing protagonists’ characteristics by details and the whole environment. Since he grows up in Hong Kong, a former British colony involving Chinese culture and western culture, he has lots of thinking on this metropolis and the people living there. Thus he directs bunch of films such like Chungking Express, telling the love stories happened in Hong Kong via protagonists’ characteristics and background music. In this movie, there are two independent and interconnected love stories as well as four protagonists: cop 233, A-Fei, cop 663, and female killer. Wang Kar-Wai tells us that urban people are lonely …show more content…
Gradually, Ah-Fei fell in love with 663 as 663 comes to the restaurant every day. She didn’t express her love to 663 directly, Instead, she creeped in 663’s home to do the housework for him every day in the noon. When finishing housework, she sneaked out of the house and went back to the work. Therefore, Ah-Fei is a naïve girl who is chasing her pure love in her unique way. She hopes that her daily housework will change 663’s life little by little. Furthermore, we can notice another detail related to the special date—May, 1st. One day, she went to 663’s place to do the housework as usual. She changed all fish cans’ tags. Coincidentally, all the new tags’ date is also May, 1st. I cannot figure out the deep implication of this detail. I guess Wang Kar-Wai intends to add on this date to connect with the former story between He Zhiwu and the killer. Back to the second scene, I think Ah-Fei is full of enthusiasm and love when facing her life and this world although she is lonely. It also reflects the thesis statement that she always desires the warmth, thus she uses her special way to care about

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