The Frida Cinema

Orange County's Year-Round Film Festival

Chungking Express

Earning Wong Kar-Wai a Best Director award at the 1995 Hong Kong Film Awards, Chungking Express is the filmmaker’s unforgettable story of love and heartbreak in the Chinese metropolis.

Following two parallel stories, the film revolves around two Hong Kong policemen as they try to cope with recent breakups. The first, Cop 223, finds himself involved with a mysterious woman working in the illicit drug trade. The second, Cop 663, dwells on his old relationship as the friendly waitress at the late-night restaurant he frequents tries to stir him back to life. Told in part through the interior monologues of the characters, it’s a moving pair of stories that are as humorous as they are heartwarming.

Hailed by critics across the world since its initial release, Chungking Express is an influential work-of-art that was recently cited as an influence by Academy Award-winning Moonlight director Barry Jenkins.

The Frida Cinema is proud to present Chungking Express as part of our Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month series of films recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.  A portion of ticket proceeds from screenings of Chungking Express will be donated to Stop AAPI Hate, an initiative launched by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University in response to the alarming escalation of acts of xenophobia and bigotry against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Learn more at


“There is no mistaking Wong’s talent. His hypnotic images of love and loss finally wear down your resistance as seemingly discordant sights and sounds coalesce into a radiant, crazy quilt that can make you laugh in awe at its technical wizardry in one scene and pierce your heart in the next.”  — Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

“It’s the cinematic equivalent of popcorn on a hot stove with jump-cut shots, freeze frames, stirringly beautiful images and boundless energy.” — Desson Thomson, Washington Post

“Chungking Express is a breezy little Hong Kong movie that has more life, energy, humanity and sheer visual zing than most other shows you’ll see in a month or so.” — Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune