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!
"The best partners don't get emotionally involved."
Love in its diverse forms and supposed right and wrong definitions, Fallen Angels was Hong Kong in its darkest, saddest, quietest, eerie soberness and strangeness. It was very reminiscent of Chungking Express and also borrowed its hilarity anew.
FALLEN ANGELS, 1995
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
Dir: Wong Kar-wai
DoP: Christopher Doyle / Mark Lee Ping Bin
Hell yeah imn RFUCKNIG LOVE wong care why
Wong Kar-Wai shifts between moods like one of those 80s Isuzu Gemini ads where they do that reverse spin into a parking space. A lot of it really hit the target, but almost as much of it didn't. I'm not really sure what this was supposed to be about, but I enjoyed it.
Not a bad choice for my first Wong Kar-wai and my first festival film ever.
Beautifully shot story about helpless loners in blinding urban lights. A little bit hard to chew but worth its memorable, bittersweet ending.
the plot+ the cinematography were awesome, this movie is so aesthetically pleasing but thats all i mean i love the complex characters and everything but idk, there was something missing imo
After watching In the Mood for Love and Chungking Express, I found myself feeling like there's a Wong Kar-Wai movie for me out there, but it wasn't those. This is the Wong Kar-Wai for me.
This is not Wong at his most sophisticated, but it is Wong at his most... himself; I've yet to see a film by him so funny, so stylish, so full of energy and sentiment. This is also Wong at his most expansive- the world of Fallen Angels is filled to the brim with characters, and, much more effectively than in Chungking, Wong gives the feeling that the stories we see are only a few in a world of billions. I love the last shot because of this: as the motorcycle rides away, the camera drifts up towards the city, showing an expanse of buildings. So many buildings, so many rooms, so many people, so many lives. Absolutely stunning.
"There are some people you can never get close to. Get too close, and you'll find him boring."
...and if you don't like them, then that's cool too... although I will secretly resent you behind your back forever
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