In the textbook chapter, Martha Nochimson highlights a number of different ways to interpret Wong Kar-Wai’s film, Chunking Express. Some argue that the film – made in 1994 – evokes the deep social anxiety provoked by Hong Kong’s impending shift from British to Chinese rule in 1997. Others argue that Wong’s story of unrequited love is a meditation on the difficulties of social connection in an increasingly modernized – and globalized – world. Still others argue that, through its stylized visuals and narrative games, Wong’s film is an attempt to dramatize the “postmodern” condition. … Or is it all three? … Or something else entirely? What do you think this film is about? What is it trying to say? In your answer – try to highlight either a visual or narrative symbol or motif that evokes a specific theme.
Movie: CHUNGKING EXPRESS 1994