David Espinosa’s review published on Letterboxd:
We all walk through life alone. We contemplate life, we contemplate death. We wait for time to wash our feelings away. If we are lucky enough we will find a way. Someone to give us hope, to break the routine apart But more often than not, we just fade away in dreams, waiting for love in clouds that are taken by the wind.
Chunking Express is such an odd and beautiful movie, something about contemplation, about those who are lonely and can't let go of the past. We live in a world of constant movement, a world were we run to ignore our feelings, but there are moments we need to stop, confront this loneliness. Chungking is about this life we live in monotony, always running, always repeating ourselves, never letting go. We eat the same stuff, we listen to the same songs, we just go on and on. But maybe, sometimes beauty comes along the way, something that shines light upon us, and then we hold on to that. We treasure things, and keep them on forever, because of the memories, because we still have hope. I'm sure there are more layers to this film, and I can't wait to watch it all over again, I have found I new favorite.
It's a complex movie, with a lot of elements and perfectly made. The music, the score, the innovative camera work, the whole atmosphere, and the color; every one of these things gives the movie this great feeling of connection, of humanness. It has to be one of the most beautiful movies I have ever seen, every shot spoke a million words.
Off I go, to listen to 'California Dreaming' on repeat for the rest of my life. Also, I may now have a crush on Takeshi Kaneshiro.