Chungking Express

Is Chungking Mansions a trap for Wong Kar-wai movie fans?

Chungking Mansions in Tsim Sha Tsui attracts bargain travellers and Wong Kar-wai fans. Photo: Edward Wong

China’s younger generation, in the wake of the Chungking Mansions rape, wonder whether fans of Wong Kar-wai's cult movie are staying at the iconic building at the price of their own safety.

Wednesday, 5 June, 2013, 4:56pm 4 comments

City's own 'global ghetto'

Think globalisation, and the first idea that springs to mind is unlikely to be fake mobile phones on sale in a 50-year-old Hong Kong building. Yet the day-to-day business of Chungking Mansions, where people from more than 120 countries mix and mingle, is the true stuff of modern world trade, an anthropologist argues.

27 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

From eyesore to icon

An argument between two neighbours outside a guesthouse is in full swing as Salina Lam Wai-lung steps out of her office. She tries to mediate, but this time her soothing words fail.

As chairwoman of the Chungking Mansions Incorporated Owners, Lam knows the building and its owners like the back of her hand, and her mediation and negotiation skills have worked wonders.

7 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

A mini united nations

Ghetto at the Center of the World: Chungking Mansions, Hong Kong by Gordon Mathews University of Chicago Press

Sitting among the imposing glass-and-steel edifices on Nathan Road in Tsim Sha Tsui is a rather scrappy building that evokes radically different emotions, depending on who you ask.

17 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Kansa Hung of Miracle Arts Club

1. Love You and Hate You - Lee Heung-kam

Lee is a veteran Cantonese opera singer and actress. I like her oldies from the 1970s: the lyrics are simple and direct, unlike modern Canto-pop.

2. Bye Bye Black Bird - Dean Martin

17 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Knowing the score

A good song can work magic on a movie, turning a bad film into something memorable or a good one into a classic.

The seven following numbers are songs that have left an indelible mark on moviegoers' memories.

Somewhere Out There

27 Jan 2008 - 12:00am

Also showing: Arthur Wong

In nearly 30 years as a cinematographer, Arthur Wong Ngok-tai has overseen camerawork on more than 110 films. He was one of the founders of the Hong Kong Society of Cinematographers (HKSC) and has been its chairman for the past 18 years. Infernal Affairs director Andrew Lau Wai-keung, who began his career as a cameraman, calls him his si kung - the grandaddy of the field.

20 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Phooey

Certain places conjure up images in the mind's eye. For Rio de Janeiro it's samba and magnificent scenery; Calcutta, poverty; Paris, the Eiffel Tower and romance. These images contain only elements of truth and representations of Hong Kong are much the same.

27 May 2007 - 12:00am

Closing credits

Chungking Express (1994) and Fallen Angels (1995)

24 Dec 2006 - 12:00am

Christopher Doyle

Cinematographer Christopher Doyle was born in Australia and speaks fluent Cantonese and Putonghua. He has won critical acclaim for his photography on such films as Happy Together, Chungking Express, In The Mood For Love and, more recently, Hero and Rabbit-Proof Fence. He takes a keen interest in traditional Chinese medicine and the concept of qi or energy.

21 Apr 2003 - 12:00am


Thanks to everyone who entered our Celestial Pictures Competition. Our winners - who each get a Shaw Brother's DVD - named the following as their favourite Hong Kong movie scenes:

- The World Of Suzie Wong, when William Holden walks past the Man Mo temple, turns left into Ladder Street and ? is suddenly in Wan Chai. Michiyo Matsuki

31 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Teenager charged with Chungking Mansions murder

A 17-year-old Indian youth who was one of three people arrested in connection with the death of an Indian woman tourist in Chungking Mansions on Tuesday was last night charged with murder. He will appear in Kowloon City Court today.

10 Aug 2002 - 12:00am

New face of Prada goes back to school

The new face for Prada's new international men's campaign is none other than former pop idol-turned-actor Takeshi Kaneshiro.

27 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Officer hurt

A sergeant was injured while trying to arrest two men for possession of dangerous drugs in Chungking Mansions, Tsim Sha Tsui.

4 Dec 1997 - 12:00am


chris doyle Australian-born cinematographer Chris Doyle has been internationally lauded for his work on local films such as Chungking Express, Fallen Angels and more recently Temptress Moon, starring Gong Li and Leslie Cheung. Fluent in Putonghua and Cantonese, Doyle has been nominated at Cannes, the Venice Film Festival and was the first non-Chinese to win a Golden Horse award.

7 Sep 1997 - 12:00am