The first but not the last Wong Kar-Wai movie on this list, Chungking Express was shot quickly and cheaply whilst Ashes of Time was languishing in post-production hell. It's a frenzied little piece that captures the spirit of Wong and the essence that has made with one of the greatest living directors. Another of Wong's films to feature loneliness as a key theme, this is the auteur at his most European as despite it being a fundamentally Eastern picture, Jean-Luc Godard and John Cassevetes can clearly be seen in the DNA of the piece. It's also Wong at his most offbeat as the quirky characters, most notably Faye Wong's fast-food waitress who secretly 'improves' the home of her crush, Tony Leung's unnamed policeman, whilst he's going through a bad breakup. It's Wong at his most hip and cool, and his love for Godard has never been more apparent than it is here as the film is gloriously youthful. Chungking Express sums up why Hong Kong cinema is so great, it can take any story and inject it full of energy and excitement.