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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…
Takeshi Kaneshiro's shining hour.
What is Wong's deal with pineapples, though? Haha, twisted.
As in Chungking Express, the natural companion piece to this (Kaneshiro "poses" on the counter of the fast food joint from the former in a scene here), Fallen Angels centers around two stories with two couples, even though love doesn't come into the equation for all the players involved.
A hell of a lot more violent than Chungking, but just as stylishly filmed.
I've mentioned Kaneshiro already. This has to be one of the most loveable performances I've ever seen, and that includes his sadistic inclinations, he really makes the most of a part where he plays a mute. What he's unable to express through words, other…
It feels weird how a "sequel" trumps its predecessor. Fallen Angels, in all its obscure glory and form perfectly captures the loneliness and restlessness of young adults in an urban jungle. It moves in a pace that goes along with the characters' desire and the camera frames their faces full of longing with intensity.
Often the first film you actually see of an adventerous director makes the deepest impression. This happened with me and Wong Kar-Wai. I saw Fallen Angels first, which completely blew me away, and after that its spiritual and stylistic predecessor Chungking Express just felt slightly disappointing. Having seen both movies a couple of times now the difference is quite obvious: the imagery of Fallen Angels is more exciting, the structurally the stories work better and personally the ‘California Dreaming’ part in Chungking Express always grated on me.
Fallen Angels obviously looks (and sounds) amazing. Urban living, smoking, speeding through a tunnel and melancholia never looked this cool again. Together with Christopher Doyle a new cinema for the 21st century—full of…
Flak be damned. This feels like a major stepdown from the elusive masterpiece that is Chungking Express. Almost everything in this film seems to have devolved. Not even Kar-Wai's own allusions to his previous work could lend it a sense of intrigue and resonance. The only thing that's intact, or even improved, is Christopher Doyle's cinematography - showcased in a much more frenetic fashion. Also, credit where it's due: Kar-Wai's taste in soundtrack remains one of the most impeccable ever.
excuse the historical context: in the 40's actors like Bogart and robert mitchium brought cool to the screen and we kinda started copying this screen persona. Later directors like Godard showed street people copying cool from the screen. It has of late been in style to stylize this "cool" and bring it to the streets with quirky situations and dialogue, with some cool music that sets the tempo. Tarantino, kar wai, among others. A lot of the time I go along with it, perhaps it's getting played out on me but fallen angels did not work for me. There are some scenes that might save it for some people (After all,this is the same guy who did chunking express and in the mood for love),but it was a movie that I was not charmed by.
The film is great and all, but I just don't think you should be using the nails in the wall to hang coat-hangers instead of paintings.
Fallen Angels is moody and voyeuristic in its camera movements, fragmented and claustrophobic in plot and detail. Though Wong Kar Wai is often noted for his use of vibrant colors, what stands out most is how very tactile this movie is, how focused it is on synesthesia. The latex dresses, nylon fishnets, sweated-through shirts, the raincoats and rain, can be felt, both through sensory touch and that deeper kind.
Fallen Angels is incredibly stylish and unpredictable, in characters and in plot. The characters are unbelievable, yes, but this is a fairy tale or a dream: propelled by nostalgia, memory, longing, and most of all, mood itself. Surrealist or Expressionist in painting is an apt comparison, the garishness becoming elegance in…
Wong Kar Wai's excellent film that was originally supposed to be part of Chungking Express.
A lovely story about lonely weirdos finding themselves in other people. Hypnotic photography, unvarnished performances and heart-on-its-sleeve writing make for a darkly comforting story set in an fluorescent, sleep-deprived world.
I know beautiful people suffering heartache should annoy the piss out of me, but...I can't help it. THEY'RE SO DAMN BEAUTIFUL.
This is only maybe the third Wong Kar-Wai film I've seen, but each new installment seems to unlock a different part of his personality and approach to storytelling. I can't wait to find the next key, frankly.
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A list of films compiled from every response to "What Have You Been Watching" on r/TrueFilm in 2015.