I think I have done about 10 films that have shot within one minute or five minutes of where I live in Hong Kong. That is why I can’t leave, that is why I have to stay there. Chungking Express is actually shot in my apartment. […] The bloody film was shot in my bloody apartment! (laughs) I should’ve stayed in a hotel. I’d be working all day and sleeping on the floor at night. We couldn’t mess up the set. The film’s very special in that way given the connection to my personal life…

The interesting thing is after the film—I guess it was the Hong Kong tourist board put out a map of film locations—for three of four years there’d be people following this map to my door. Especially Japanese tourists for some reason. They’d go on the escalator and look for the apartment. So, I’d be going off to work or to a bar and there’d be people waiting downstairs. Once I found kids literally on my doorstep wanting to go in.

Christopher Doyle

The directors of Chacun son cinéma at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Front Row: Takeshi Kitano, Theo Angelopoulos, Roman Polanski, Ethan Coen, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Joel Coen, Michael Cimino.
Second Row: David Cronenberg, Manoel de Oliveira, Bille August, Jane Campion, Raúl Ruiz.
Third Row: Andrei Konchalovsky, Elia Suleiman, Olivier Assayas, Claude Lelouch, Wong Kar-wai, Amos Gitai.
Fourth Row: Atom Egoyan, Ken Loach, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Raymond Depardon, Chen Kaige, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne.
Back Row: Aki Kauismäki, Tsai Ming-liang, Nanni Moretti, Walter Salles, Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders.

The directors of Chacun son cinéma at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.

Front Row: Takeshi Kitano, Theo Angelopoulos, Roman Polanski, Ethan Coen, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Joel Coen, Michael Cimino.

Second Row: David Cronenberg, Manoel de Oliveira, Bille August, Jane Campion, Raúl Ruiz.

Third Row: Andrei Konchalovsky, Elia Suleiman, Olivier Assayas, Claude Lelouch, Wong Kar-wai, Amos Gitai.

Fourth Row: Atom Egoyan, Ken Loach, Hou Hsiao-hsien, Raymond Depardon, Chen Kaige, Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Luc Dardenne.

Back Row: Aki Kauismäki, Tsai Ming-liang, Nanni Moretti, Walter Salles, Gus Van Sant, Wim Wenders.