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Associate Board Movie Club Discussion: Chungking Express
It’s time for another round of Movie Club brought to you by the cinephiles of Cinema/Chicago’s Associate Board!
For this iteration, in conjunction with the Chicago International Film Festival’s #56Films to Stream feature, we will be discussing a screening from the 30th Chicago International Film Festival: Chungking Express directed by Wong Kar-wai. You can stream the movie for free on the Criterion Channel. If you are not already a subscriber, you can take advantage of their free trial.
Please join us on Sunday, May 3rd at 2:30 CDT! Discussion should last about 90 minutes and will take place over Zoom. See you there!
Discussion Zoom link (must download free Zoom program to participate): https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81187519154
Read our 56 Films entry on Chungking Express by Senior Programmer Anthony Kaufman here: https://www.chicagofilmfestival.com/56-films-chungking-express-1994/
The whiplash, double-pronged Chungking Express is one of the defining works of nineties cinema and the film that made Hong Kong filmmaker Wong Kar-wai an instant icon. Two heartsick Hong Kong cops (Takeshi Kaneshiro and Tony Leung), both jilted by ex-lovers, cross paths at the Midnight Express take-out restaurant stand, where the ethereal pixie waitress Faye (Faye Wong) works. Anything goes in Wong’s gloriously shot and utterly unexpected charmer, which cemented the sex appeal of its gorgeous stars and forever turned canned pineapple and the Mamas and the Papas’ “California Dreamin’” into tokens of romantic longing. (via Criterion Channel)
Sunday, May 3, 2020
2:30pm – 4:00pm
Open to the public. Be sure to watch the film before the discussion on May 3.