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Chung Hing sam Iam

Wong Kar-wai Hong Kong, 1994

Jason's rating of the film Chungking Express

Feels now like the preeminent piece of 90s nostalgia. Few films seem to so stridently encapsulate a cultural moment, and indeed this is a very significant moment, the many best-before-dates on cans of perishable food reminding us of the waning days of British colonial rule over Hong Kong. The visual style maintains a balance between the frenetic and the restive. Life happens in a flash. Occasionally we must breathe.