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!
Episodic structure, zany characters, frequent pop-song usage, and a mercurial tone that constantly shifts between extreme violence, black comedy, and serious drama? Yep, definitely a 90s film. And definitely one a cut above the rest. Between the genuinely zany characters; expressive soundtrack; and interesting visuals, which with the wide-angle camera often pushed in so close it often has to be canted pushes intensified continuity beyond its boring extremes, Fallen Angels oozes swaggering style. Unfortunately I'm not too sure of the effectiveness of the episodic layout. I found myself drifting off in the middle, but I also split my viewing across two days, which makes it difficult for me to get a proper read, so I'll forgo giving this a rating.…
Rain, Lonely nights, Bright colors, beautiful lights and great music. I've got everything that I could expect from a Wong Kar-wai film,
but that hearty feeling, that wow factor which I always get from his other films was somehow missing.
I liked those characters but I never felt connected to any of them.
God damn. The first and third act are pretty phenomenal, its a shame the middle is...really quite bad in my opinion. The characters felt too neurotic for their own good (The Killer was fantastic though), and hopelessly scattered across in small segments that don't do much to express the films central themes.
It is well-shot though, which is to be expected of WKW, a style which I appreciate a great deal. The first act in particular is a bad-ass noir oozing WKW style. In the end though, this fades as the remainder is just far too elusive and esoteric to be resonant. That is, until the end and the threads become clear, still the flow from beginning to end was…
first wong kar-wai, and it blew every imaginable expectation away.
I was surprised by how much I loved tyhis film. This one ups the comedic elements of Chungking Express, at times and offers a sense of nostalgia and a need for human contact.
My only complaint would be that at times the transitions from one character to another seemed unfocused, but nothing too bad.
June 2016 Scavenger Hunt
Task #26: A film with a fast motion scene
Groovy music, colorful cinematography, hopeless romances, and the beauty of Hong Kong's urban area - this is the world that Wong Kar-wai displays once again in one of his films. Fallen Angels is pretty much a spiritual sequel to Chungking Express, as it contains a similar style, structure, and theme. The film follows several characters trying to fit in or find a partner, and details their romantic misadventures. As always, Wong Kar-wai's style is impeccable; the film is simply beautiful. Personally, I liked Fallen Angels a bit more than Chungking Express, as I found the stories more interesting and melancholic, and I thought it was more refined and made its point better.
Still doesn't disappoint. It's so weirdly nonsensical but because it owns it that's kinda what makes it super charming. It's definitely Wong's funniest film that's for sure. I still like Chungking Express more just because it's not scattershot but this is still good, don't get me wrong.
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.