Walking Chungking Express
So I went to Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago (my 2nd visit) and thought, what else do I want to see? and then it struck me. Of course, Chunking Express!!!! So I did some research on the films location and did some planning. But as we all know what they say about the best laid plans…here’s what happened:
But first a visit to the Avenue of Stars. I immediately went looking for Tony Leung’s star because he’s TONY FREAKING LEUNG [Chiu-wai]!!!!
Wong Kar-Wai’s star is directly in front of the Bruce Lee statue. Horrible location as there’s always a crowd gathered and people stepping on him. Poor Wong Kar-Wai. But I managed to grab this quick picture. Also, it seems like he’s the only director on the Avenue of Stars. Or maybe I just missed the others.
I was actually hoping that Takeshi Kaneshiro had a star but was disappointed. Oh well, I’ll settle for his ads along the MTR station walkways.
So here’s where I start to look for actual film locations. 2 were located in the Lan Kwai Fong district. First stop, California restaurant. Except I never really saw it. Instead, I saw this big fitness center called California so I took a picture of it instead just in case. lol, I was probably just walking down the wrong road…
…with 3 friends who never saw Chungking Express and therefore I didn’t want to waste their time getting lost in Hong Kong. I had planned to also look for the second location: the 7-11-formerly-known-as-Midnight-Express but I couldn’t find the street and gave up before I could drag my friends further along. So I took a picture of this random 7-11 because it was beside a gorgeous old street stairs that reminded me of In the Mood for Love.
But my efforts were not wasted. The easiest location to find was the Chungking Mansions and here it is! Yay!
Don’t worry Chungking Express, I’ll get you better next time. And if you can arrange for me to bump into Takeshi Kaneshiro or Tony Leung along the way…haha… ;D