In Chungking Express, Wong focuses on a theme recurrent in much of his work: urban alienation. He paints Hong Kong as a claustrophobic cage in which people pace like trapped animals. People in the film have such dissolute and pointless lives that they cannot connect emotionally with others. Wong’s unflinching vision lends his work a bleak, nervy atmosphere of unfulfilled longing, loneliness, desperation, and even nostalgia.

– Flambard-Weisbart, Veronique. “Post-Genre Cinemas and Post-Colonial Attitude: Hong Kong Meets Paris.” Science Fiction and the Prediction of the Future: Essays on Foresight and Fallacy. McFarland, 2011. 193. Google Book Search. Web. 23 May 2014.

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