Staff Writer for Gen Z Critics.
I realize how poorly this reflects on me, but this is likely to be the first movie I ever watch with the director commentary. For all the great movies I've seen (and especially with the Criterion Collection copies I have), I've never actually done so. But something about this movie. As soon as I finished it, I had this urge to watch it again, with the words of the director guiding me through it all.
I'm, just blown away. It's…
I want to quickly get this point out of the way. The movie is like if you took Days of Heaven and Whisper of the Heart and threw them into a blender. The film has the naturalistic beauty of the former as well as the pure, unadulterated essence of childhood emotionality of the latter. I realize that either of the Ghibli films could be paired with Days of Heaven to make for a great double feature.
I am once again…
I spend a lot of time thinking about the connections I can draw between the works of art that I love. The work I connect Chungking Express to (aside from its companion piece Fallen Angels) is the anime series Cowboy Bebop. It's no secret that the latter drew extensively from Hong Kong cinema of the late 20th century to inform its style. The slow-motion editing, neon lights, and story of missed connections in this film all have some kind of…