Throughout Chungking Express, the director's control of the medium is nothing less than astonishing, evidenced by the smooth, confident, sensual way he segues between a handful of moods--alternating MTV-style chase scenes and languorous barroom conversations with elliptical depictions of playful boredom. As it turns out, the movie is precisely about how wild transferrals of energy can keep anyone--cop, crook, or clerk--in sync with an ever-changing world. By the end, two of the lovers have traded places, and Wong has pulled a serious switch on what passes for "reality" and "entertainment" in pop cinema. In that Hong Kong is poised to revert to Chinese rule in '97, Chungking Express has a sense of preparing for a much bigger reversal of fortune. CP
Chungking Express starts Friday at Lagoon Cinema.