For five years, film critic Scott Tobias compiled "The New Cult Canon" in a regular column for The A.V. Club…
A disillusioned killer embarks on his last hit but first he has to overcome his affections for his cool, detached partner. Thinking it's dangerous and improper to become involved with a colleague, he sets out to find a surrogate for his affections. Against the sordid and surreal urban nightscape, he crosses path with a strange drifter looking for her mysterious ex-boyfriend and an amusing mute trying to get the world's attention in his own unconventional ways.
Sometimes "goodbye" really means "until we meet again."
For a follow-up to a film that in no way, shape, of form needed one, Fallen Angels not only admirably lives up to the pressure of being a sequel to Chungking Express, it manages to expand the themes of the previous two segments (putting all in a much clearer and distinct light), and does so in such a tonally and structurally different way that it's difficult to tell which is the stronger piece in the end. It's apples and oranges to compare the two, but they're in the same basket - if that makes any sense. Truth be told, I'd rather consider them a single film; Chungking Angels - a three hour…
Are you feeling a little down lately? A little lovelorn and a little lost? Is there a dull pain in the pit of your chest that just won't go away? If you have watched a Wong Kar-Wai movie recently, you may be experiencing a phenomenon known as Wong Withdrawal. Other such symptoms of Wong Withdrawal include but are not limited to:
1. An increased exposure to and fascination with a wide variety of groovy music
2. An intensified attraction to Asian women (I can vouch for this one. Whoa Nelly, do I got the Yellow Fever.)
3. Feeling like even more of a hopeless romantic than usual
4. An inexplicable desire to start smoking
5. Pretending like everything is in…
Did you ever have a first date, one that didn’t go badly, but didn't make your heart flutter? I’m sure you have. Despite that, have you ever gone onto a second date and completely fallen in love? I certainly never have ... in real life that is. In the imaginary world of Wong Kar Wai, I should have expected it. There have been more than a few Wong first dates I’ve gone on that were less than stellar, only to be won over completely by a subsequent rendezvous.
During my first Fallen Angels watch, I saw similarities to Chungking Express ( that I also didn’t fall in love with on first date ), but aside from a nod or two,…
Let it be known to all! In the wee hours of the morning, I watched my very first Wong Kar Wai film. It’s been a long time in the making, and I was in a daze and immediately went to Netflix to find a film to pull me out my stupor. After searching and searching with no good results, I happened across Fallen Angels. It was beckoning me in, and I took the bait. What I experienced next was one of the most expressionistic and unique cinematic experiences I have ever had. And at the time of writing this, I’m still having a hard time putting into words why I liked this film so much.
Fallen Angels tells a couple…
The first time I saw this, I gave it 2/5 stars. Now it is my favorite of all of Wong Kar-Wai's films! It's about misfits - people living on the fringes of society, searching for connections to other people and mostly coming up short. There is basically no plot, even less so than its predecessor Chungking Express. It's just a bunch of people doing things that are silly, heartbreaking, difficult to watch, morally reprehensible… but always human. The visuals in this film are absolutely amazing, even more so than some of his other successful films. Fallen Angels may not be the best that Wong Kar-Wai put forth during his career (I think that honor goes to In the Mood for Love), but it is certainly my personal favorite. Highly recommended!
Beautiful and twisted, and a totally different film than In the Mood for the Love, The Grandmaster and even Chungking Express, it's spiritual sibling. Wong Kar Wai really is a versatile director, but in all of his films there's almost too much to look at, as there's always something going, tons of vibrant colours and a lively camera. He really is one of cinema's most powerful auteurs.
Fallen Angels is, to put it mildly, a feast for the eyes and ears all the way through. For me the trick to enjoying the film lies in the numerous emotions and feelings one gets out of the experience rather than plot or character development. It's more about soaking in what…
Only a director who never takes off his sunglasses could make a movie this cool.
I loved the music in this, and a lot of the stylistic flourishes, and just how 90s it was, but I never really connected with any of the characters or what passed for the plot. Probably the wrong Wong Kar Wai to start with.
That last shot is a doozy though.
An entertaining "lesser" film from Wong Kar-Wai Leon Lai is pretty good in the lead role.
"Has anyone in Hong Kong ever died from too much ice cream? I don't want to be the first."
Wow. I finally watched this. It's basically my personal tastes distilled into one movie. That's all I can say for now.
I love Wai's frantic women. Also how did he shoot the bike scenes???
Wong Kar-Wai's follow up to Chungking Express tells the story of two men who lead chaotic lives. One of them is about a hitman who is trying to change his life by going straight, and the other is a mute who has fallen in love for the first time. It has some interesting moments but tries too hard to be cool with its rebellious twenty something characters, disjointed storyline and wacky wide angle cinematography. Jean-Luc Godard and Seijun Suzuki would not be impressed
Wong Kar-Wai just makes you want to fall in love within the labyrinthine Hong Kong. The last five minutes of Fallen Angels are perhaps the best closing moments in a film I've ever seen. Who knows whose elbow you might brush past? Embrace the mystery.
The only other comment I have on this film is that I don't know if I've ever seen a more beautiful father-son relationship illustrated with such minimalism. It's so simple and profound yet obviously not shallow. What is it about the fuzzy haze of VHS that causes such bittersweet inner pangs for the past? Bleh, I'm too sentimental ;)
A great film.
The movie is like watching a dream slowly unraveling - and what you're seeing is what you're piecing together after waking up. Details are unclear - but you get the gist of what's going on.
Some characters are played by different people but they are in spirit the same person. At least that's the way i see Fallen Angels. You could watch it from a few different ways. You could see each character as their own or you could kinda link some people together. I prefer the 2nd way so the characters are more fully developed. The Killer is the mute, the manager is the jealous girlfriend, and the blonde woman is the never to be seen Blondie. Both revolve around love that never actually gets resolved.
The movie it self doesn't really have a story or plot. The general feel is what makes this movie, along with the characters, and fantastic cinematography.
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