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…
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!
The first time I saw Kar-wai Wong's "Fallen Angels" was at a private sneak screening. His masterful film swept over me like a refreshing but polluted rush of air.
Christopher Doyle's odd and surprising lush cinematography was only just coming to my attention at the time I saw this movie. His unique cinematographer eye is a perfect match for Kar-wai Wong's experimental cinematic visions.
"Fallen Angels" often feels drunk. Seemingly unrelated characters weave in and out of an odd mix of reality and fantasy. Eventually all of the characters and their fractured situations come together.
Audacious, vital, provocative and alive -- the movie seems to be racing it's complex young characters with the same speed they are living their lives.…
"The best thing about my profession is that there's no need to make any decision. Who's to die... when... where... it's all been planned by others."
Fallen Angels is my prompt, confident and beautiful introduction to the work of Wong Kar-Wai. This is one of his earlier works - before In The Mood For Love and 2046, two of his more popular films. It's evident from seeing this film alone that Wong Kar-Wai has a very distinct visual style which he applies to all his films - everything from the cinematography…
Has good monents, really funny moments, even beautiful moments, but somehow it all falls short.
More exhausting, hazy, and dark than its predecessor, Fallen Angels is still a decent follow-up to Chungking Express. The juxtaposition of the brooding hitman and the naive mute was inspired and gave this film the ability to tonally shift efficiently, which was sorely needed.
The incredible duo of Christopher Doyle and Wong Kar-Wai help this film to carve out its own niche in their filmography by making more heavy use of surreal and dreamlike visuals, which I greatly appreciated, especially during the shootout/fighting scenes. I also really enjoyed the murky trip-hop inspired soundtrack which really helped this film tonally.
One gripe that I had with this film was that I preferred Chungking's telling of the two stories in a linear…
Wong Kar-Wai: The consummate expressionist.
An apt follow-up to Express - easily could have served as that film's third and fourth chapters. Kaneshiro's mute prison escapee could give Faye Wong's snack bar attendant a run for her money in the crazy department.
It's hard for me to fully comprehend what this film did. It was so visionary, extraordinarily vivid, and captivating. The narrative was very loose and non-linear, which I didn't mind, but the visuals and narration concepts were what threw me for a loop. This was a fantastic piece of cinema that I'm still trying to wrap my brain around. I haven't fully gotten the "meaning", but I feel like there is one there. Much like a Jarmusch film, the plot is very free form, almost like a free jazz piece. I cannot wait to experience more of Kar-Wai's films, seeing as this is my first.
Film #5 in My Wong Kar-wai Series
In true Wong Kar-wai fashion, Fallen Angels uses two distinct storylines that hardly intersect (narratively, at least) to tell a thematic story of lovesick individuals scouring the Hong Kong cityscape for some reason to live. If Ashes of Time was Wong's simplest at time of release, even with the utter lack of narrative and the strangely majestic confusion of the ideas of identity and time, Fallen Angels, despite its rather straightforward narratives, might be the most complex and confusing. Its relationship with Chungking Express is obvious yet nearly incomprehensible in its entirety at a first viewing: the return to Midnight Express, to the pineapple, to May 30 all signify some sort of underlying…
Apologies for the rather clumsy and drab title, I was going to call it Pure Cinema but that isn't quite…