Movies that are slightly off.
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,…
I wasn’t expecting that.
I went from being unsure about Wong Kar-wai’s darker cousin of my much loved Chungking Express on my first watch of it, to falling in love with it on the second. It wasn't surprising, as the experience was similar to my first and second encounters with Chungking; its charms only embracing me on that re-watch.
The plan was to re-watch Chunking, as it’s been close to three years since the last time I was 0.01cm from its infectious, simple, charms. Of course that now means a re-watch Fallen Angels had to follow. I was secretly hoping that it would just stand up to the last watch.
I didn’t in my wildest dreams imagine that it would take my heart away from Chungking.
Sorry Faye. We'll always have 2046
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…
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!
Doyle probably shouldn't have made a single film after this one (or at least after the 90ies), but in this feature length montage of pure, irreverent, world-deforming emotion he truly shines.
Great piece of unique film making. I remember this one because it was so different to me. It's split into two really weird love stories, and whether or not they work out is why you watch of course. But it's no romcom. In fact the people include a hitman that falls for his female boss and a weird girl that meets an equally weird guy. You only find movies like this made by independent directors because Hollywood could never truly appreciate this one. It stands out to me even still.
This was just so damn enjoyable. Like Chungking Express, I liked both stories equally, as well as the way they both intersect. Fallen Angels, though, is much funnier, and has an excellent soundtrack. I'd even go so far as to say it's much more beautiful stylistically too. It makes me really want to fly back in time to Hong Kong in the '90s and smoke a gazillion cigarettes.
Takeshi Kaneshiro is absolutely sublime in this, as well.
Wong Kar-Wai films always make me feel like I should get my heart destroyed more often.
A beautiful, strange, crazy, over characterized mess.
All of the characters are extremely different, but all are looking for the same thing. The characters are so over the top in how they live their lives, how they interact with others, and how they pursue relationships. These extreme characters is what speaks to the soul. It's a portrayal of how we feel on the inside when it comes to life and relationships. That is how we are able to empathize with this beautiful, strange, crazy mess of a film.
This is pretty much a perfect film, so much style, emotion and pace conveyed in those 90 minutes.
All I can really say is thank you Wong Kar-wai.
As I was leaving, I asked if he'd give me a ride home. I hadn't ridden on a motorcycle in a long time. Actually, I hadn't been that close to a man for a while. The road wasn't that long, and I knew I'd be getting off soon. But at that moment I felt such warmth....
Oh man! I absolutely loved this movie and I have to agree I had never seen anything like it. In less than 5 minutes I was awestruck the cinematography blew my heads off! (I am a big fan of arfonsky and I found WKW style somewhat similar ) The camerawork was beautiful and I have no
idea on how many takes it took for…
Fuck. I'm in love with Wong Kar-wai. The most erotic, fun, and twisted characters ever. Perfectly captures the silent pain of the Hong Kong world. Lying in bed, I was just squirming all over the place with orgasmic pleasure. More beautiful and more cohesive than Chungking Express. More fun than In the Mood for Love. Just perfection.
This is a spiritual sequel to Chungking Express (I would've made a case for it being a literal sequel if Takeshi Kaneshiro didn't play a new/reconfigured character); the only thing it really does differently is that it crosscuts its two stories. And although similar themes pervade (a woman hangs out in a man's home to feel closer to him; fleeting chance encounters; expiration dates; etc.), this one is also dirtier, sexier, and perhaps more mischievously cruel. It's also gorgeous -- I mean wow does this look good, neon lights and winding tunnels on a motorcycle and dimly-lit dives and rain. It's such a Wong Kar-Wai atmospheric exercise movie, and it's pleasing to be lost in it, and only my failure…