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 (set in contemporary Hong Kong), 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,…
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!
A group of misfits, either unloved or forgotten about, alone and drifting through the hazy nights of Hong Kong, unknowingly searching for someone to be with. Fallen Angels is a work of undiluted romanticism and an escape from the mundane everyday life into one filled with danger, violence, unappreciation, and yet despite all of that a feeling of longing and, eventually, loving in the air. It can be seen in every frame, heard in its soundtrack and felt in the mood that practically oozes out of the screen. Kar-Wai finds beauty in what should be ugly, shootouts as elegant as ballet and the dirty, smoky underbelly of a major city turned into a place of blissful calmness and blinding beauty.…
The coolest movie ever made. Tarantino only dreams of making a movie like this
Strange. Different. I liked it.
The frenetic style here seems haphazard rather than deeply connected to the narrative or characters. While the melancholy is already here in full force, I much prefer the formal rigor of Wong's In the Mood for Love.
Η μοναξιά στο Χονγκ Κονγκ των mid-90s είναι το πιο έντονο συναίσθημα που έχει υπάρξει ποτέ μια συγκεκριμένη εποχή σε μια συγκεκριμένη περιοχή.
The most aimless of Wong Kar-wai's films, Fallen Angels is a worthwhile successor and companion to Chungking Express. Already proving himself as capable of handling minimalist plots, the fragmented style of Fallen Angels helps WKW play with one of his favorite themes, time, in a new and exciting way.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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Awesome colors, Hong Kong, camera and editing trickery, the criminal underworld, great loungy jazzy duby music, sex, love, bittersweetness, ennui, non-stop smoking....hey, this is great, but...what is this feeling? Deja vu! Haven't I seen it before?
Fallen Angels AKA Chungking Express 2: Not Particularly Electric Boogaloo is a very well made movie. Well acted, great to look at. You want to meet the quirky characters. The voiceovers are always interesting, with the "unreliable narrator" being employed to wonderful and often hilarious effect. But I've seen it before.
I expected a film that built on the foundations laid by Chungking, a film that would surprise me as much as Chungking. Instead I got an extremely well-made copy. Why make it at all?
I wish I had seen some Wong Kar-Wai before my first viewing of Lost in Translation.
"The night's full of weirdos"