Looks like our little post about the demise of California Tower has made it big-time. The story was included as a citation, or footnote in the Wikipedia entry for the beloved Wong Kar Wai film, Chungking Express. We are honored!
I actually was meant to catch Chung King Express for the first time back in 1995 at a cinema in Chinatown in New York, but ended up going to the theater on the wrong day (doh!). I finally ended up watching it in 1996 in Hawaii. I had to journey to some strange room on a university campus, and when I saw the film I was totally blown away!
I think it’s time for a re-watching to see if it still lives up to my memories. Check out our post about California Tower here, and on a related note, read about the demise of the Midnight Express snack stand (where Fay Wong worked in the movie).
Meanwhile, have a look at this action-packed trailer for the Hong Kong movies playing in the New York Asian Film Festival, which starts on June 28th.