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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,…
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
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!
This film sticks to you like glue, but you have no intention of shaking it off. It immerses you, it climbs on your taste buds and dances ‘till sunrise. It makes your veins burst through your skin and your lungs bellow out of your chest. You experience every colour splattered into each frame until your body is ravished. Fallen Angels looks amazing, Fallen Angels feels amazing. There’s something about the world at night that’s alluring, mystical, and just different. The air is thicker. Different creatures run the earth. I’m not sure there’s a better film about the strange beauty of the middle of the night and the lives that operate within the hours where different rules seem to apply. If…
Your enjoyment of this film depends entirely on how you feel about romance. I didn't feel any connection to the hitman or his partner's relationship or its troubles, and the film doesn't do anything to try and make you care if you don't inherently feel sympathetic to them, although it did instill a platonic curiosity. The strength of the story is the third character, the mute boy. His story is much more interesting, but it's soiled by a nagging knowledge that the other, weaker and less interesting story has yet to be resolved, and that that resolution will come to interrupt the good part. I also feel that his love life isn't as significant to his character as the other…
Takeshi Kaneshiro is a m a n.
How is someone this good and yet seems to exhibit so little effort?
This film was amazing. The camera work and editing was fantastic. So brilliant.
Not bad, but also can't see how good it is. I really like Chungking Express, but in this Fallen Angels I can't feel the emotions or sentiments
Wong Kar-Wai movies are unexplainably wonderful. The more I see of his stuff, the harder it becomes to articulate what makes his movies so sensual and dazzling. The reason for this may be the fact that he's doing SO many things at once, using all the tools available to him as a filmmaker. Playing with frame-rate, slow-motion, switching between color and B&W, trick camera lenses, sporadic camera movements as well as prolonged stillness, over saturated color and exaggerated color/lighting, a diverse range of music cues, extended voice-over, frenetic editing, mirrors and trick angles, absurd chronology/structure...a Wong Kar-Wai movie can be an overwhelming experience of sensory overload. His characters, plotting, and thematics are all rich and interesting in their own right,…
ok i can relate to that cute boy saying that he is a late bloomer in love because just MAYBE he is too picky
The only Wong Kar-Wai movie I've seen prior to this is In the Mood for Love which I vaguely remember being bored by, although it's left a lasting impression on me and therefore I think it deserves a revisit. This film is a completely different story, as it's flooded with so much life and energy and vividness that I totally fell in love with from the very beginning. It's too fucking good.
I'm going to start smoking just for the aesthetics
Frank Ocean’s list of his 100 favorite films, as published in “Boys Don’t Cry” on the release of his album,…
thank god for wong kar-wai