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Frustrated with the slow filming of his martial arts epic Ashes of Time, Wong promised funders a film about “two cops” and decamped with cast and crew to the city to pound out a contemporary quickie that would come to define 1990s Hong Kong cinema. Section one involves a blonde-bewigged smuggler (Brigitte Lin) and a smitten beat cop (Takeshi Kaneshiro); in section two, another police officer (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) falls under the sway of food vendor Faye Wong and her constant “California Dreamin’.” Funders got their cop movie; international viewers received a mesmerizing jolt of Hong Kong’s energy, romance, and style, framed by Christopher Doyle’s lyrically kinetic cinematography.

—Jason Sanders

  • Year
  • Runtime
    102 minutes
  • Language
  • Country
    Hong Kong
  • Director
    Wong Kar Wai
  • Screenwriter
    Jeffrey Lau, Wong Kar Wai
  • Cast
    Brigitte Lin, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Faye Wong, Takeshi Kaneshiro
  • Cinematographer
    Christopher Doyle, Andrew Lau