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!
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"Disjointed and somewhat disappointing. This is a film that may actually be better watched alone late in the evening."
that scene with the blow up doll is literally one of the funniest things i have ever seen
Il caos di Angeli perduti è troppo leccato per i miei gusti. Film compiaciuto, anche se perfetto nel mostrare la solitudine della metropoli.
This film is as bleary, wild and sad as the Hong Kong nights it takes place in. Subtle and somehow over the top, the film wrestles emotion from you slowly like water from rag rung one too many times. There is no urgency to the plot and even the violently choreographed gun fights have a slow inevitability to them. An air of melancholy pervades the film but rays of moonlight still break through to make it a redeeming experience.
Why are they speaking Japanese?
#45 in my 99 90's Movies month.
Even though it's piloted by narration, there is nothing phony here. (Also: ♥ Takeshi Kaneshiro!)
really cool camera work, very dizzying as it is constantly in movement. adds a touch of dreaminess to the urban landscapes.
Why did I ignore Wong Kar-Wai for so long? This is definitely my kind of movie. I'm pretty sure there wasn't a single daytime scene in it. Just beautiful, moody nighttime Hong Kong. The movie has an improvisational feel to it, especially with the camerawork, when in reality it's probably very thought out and planned.
I was really impressed by Fallen Angels, want to see more by this guy.
One of those films that perfectly define how the 90's was awesome. I loved the camera work, the two stories, the characters, it's just a great lesson in film-making. Kar Wai Wong deserves recognition as a great director and storyteller. The way the camera moves never makes the film tiresome. Makes me wish I was in my 20's, seeing this in a theater in LA with a group of friends. Instead I was 11 or 12 at the time and watching Hackers in a Los Angeles mall. Although Hackers is a great 90's film as well, it isn't as emotionally powerful as this film.
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