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Chungking Express 30th Anniversary

8 August 2024

In the Playhouse


Hong Kong | 1994 | Cantonese with English subtitles | Drama, Romance

Celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, 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.

Wong Kar Wai’s most evocative masterpiece.

Little White Lies

Celebrating its 30th anniversary with a new 4K digital restoration

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 appeal of its gorgeous stars and forever turned canned pineapple and the Mamas and the Papas’ 'California Dreamin’ into tokens of romantic longing.

Presented by Sydney Opera House


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Cast and credits


Wong Kar Wai
Director, Producer and Writer


Tony Leung Chiu Wai
Cop 663

Takeshi Kaneshiro
Cop 223

Faye Wong

Valerie Chow
Flight attendant

Brigitte Lin Ching Hsia
Woman in blond wig

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