Wong Kar-Wai's celebrated portrait of a neon-lit city populated by love-lorn cops, dangerous drug smugglers and dreamers is one of the key 1990s movies.
Kar-wai's film explores two stories of crime and passion, set within the complex network of markets, corridors and apartments that is Chungking Mansions, in the Hong Kong district of Kowloon. In the first, a cop (Takeshi Kaneshiro) brushes with a woman on the run (Brigitte Lin) . In the second, another cop (Tony Leung) is unaware that the woman (Faye Wong) who serves him at a local cafe is in love with him. She breaks into his apartment, cleans it and leaves him mementoes, in the hope he will get over a broken heart and see her properly for the first time. The passage of time, in a place where conventional time seems to have forgotten, is central to these stories of heartbreak. But the real star is the backdrop. The Mansions, as filmed by Christopher Doyle, are almost dream-like in the way they're presented.
★★★★ "Wong's dreamlike tone and Doyle's stunning cinematography make this strange love story a joy to watch" - Kim Newman, Empire