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…
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…
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,…
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!
Wong Kar-Wai makes me feel things, and I don't like it.
I love the humour and the silliness which is mixed with blood splattered violence, in Wong Kar Wai's films. No matter how desperate people are, they can always have a laugh. The connectedness that you feel in all his films is that which makes you genuinely know that they are all happening in the same world. Even in two different movies, you feel like all the stories could collide, such as the subtly mentioned canned pineapples in Fallen Angels, which was also a feature of Chungking express. As much as I love Chungking, I think Angels is better, and has an even better synchronicity between all characters and stories of the city, even when the scenes juxtapose each other in…
"Most people fall in love for the first time as teenagers. I guess I'm a late bloomer."
While I wouldn't call this a disappointing film per se, I would call Fallen Angels the second instance I've been disappointed with director/writer Wong Kar-Wai. I continue to try and fall in love with his work but I find myself drawn back by what I feel are missteps in his visual style, writing and particularly his storytelling.
This film shares next to all of its qualities with Chungking Express, meaning that most of my praise and critiques will likely be the same. Not that I'm usually so tacky as to plug my own writing, but to get a better impression of my relationship…
After initially being not too impressed by the first Wong Kar-Wai film I watched, Chungking Express, I was a little hesitant to watch another one of his films at the time. Fallen Angels though was always one that caught my interest, mainly because the poster just looked like it radiated style and had a really cool atmosphere to it. Many months later, and after just watching it, I have to say I was blown away by how much I enjoyed this.
A series of stories about the lives of some wild yet human characters, occasionally intertwining through various scenarios. It sounds just like Chungking Express, but I think that it was pulled off so much better in this film with…
On rainy Asian afternoons, there isn't much better for my mental state than sitting down and watching a Wong Kar-wai film that I haven't seen before. So that's how I found myself watching Fallen Angels yesterday.
Everyone in this film is pretending to have the life they want, phoning ex-boyfriends, following a crush's movements to feel like they're with them, describing photos of strangers as family photos, or even breaking into businesses at night to pretend to work there. In the downtime between these moments of pretending, the characters, they are aimless and melancholy. But of course they are. This is a Wong Kar-wai film.
The colors, the angles, the music, the slow-mo, the beautiful people and beautiful city. I can't think of a better way to spend a rainy afternoon.
A very ambitious film about these, in many ways, different characters and how they each handle relationships, mainly the endings. It also does more than this, but that is the best I can really describe it. I really enjoyed its pacing and found its camera angles, which are mostly oblique, to be used in interesting ways. This film really taps into daily routines and what forces drive us to be the way we are. This is a very vague understanding of it, but I don't necessarily believe one has to understand the film. It is more important to understand these characters, who are all great.
I've started to notice that Wong's movies have that kind of after hour feel to them that I really love it movies. There's just something about the surreal vibrancy of nighttime that I find so mesmerising, filled with strange characters and the neon lit-glaze of Hong Kong, Fallen Angels is one of those movies.
Wong Kar-Wai may just have my personal favourite film style, it feels so melancholic and sleek, the neon signs of after hours Hong Kong are vividly beautiful and it warps you into this beautifully crafted universe of near surrealism. Everything is distorted, the camera is like looking through a fish eye lens when it gets extremely close to the characters - mirroring their disjointed sense of…
Not the biggest fan of this one, but it's still worth a watch.
Wong Kar Wai sure loves Midnight Express. And nail polishes in pastel colors. However, Takeshi missed his Expired Pineapple-otaku role.
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- Rear Window
- North by Northwest
- The Red Shoes
- Synecdoche, New York
- Time of the Gypsies
- Speed Racer
- La Jetée
Apologies for the rather clumsy and drab title, I was going to call it Pure Cinema but that isn't quite…