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 (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.…
Pretty amazing, but I feel that one would have to have seen Chungking Express first in order to "get" the film (whatever that means).
Camerawork is very beautiful, it has the "Wong Kar-wai feel" that I really love- one of the opening scenes (at an underground train station, I think?) was a favourite, and the acting is top-class, with Kaneshiro Takeshi's comedy timing just right.
Once again, Wong Kar-Wai and Chris Doyle have created a film with seriously beautiful visuals - their style is unique, it really can't be compared to anyone else's I've seen. The lighting and the colours were as amazing as ever and every shot was filled with loads of interesting stuff to look at. The spaces felt realistic, they felt alive and actually lived in and I love that the film isn't in extreme HD like most films are nowadays, it's a lovely break for my eyes!
I have to admit that personally I didn't really like the romances in this film (although I did like what happened at the end) as much as in other Kar-Wai film's I've seen. However…
probably my personal favorite of wong's films. the song by chiyi chen is an old taiwanese standard, chen's version almost brings me to tears everytime
I honestly don't know what to make of it. Like always it is easy to appreciate Wong Kar-Wai's style, and the camerawork is even more of a spectacle in this one compared to the more known Chungking Express and In the Mood for Love. It instantly sets the mood for the rest of the film, and it is used differently for each character. I noticed how the camera movement was more drastic and aggressive on the killer, which I thought was a smart and cool choice.
But like I said, it is very hard to digest at first viewing. I had a hard time following the story halfway in the film, but I was lucky to discover that it is…
Feels even more unhinged and wild than CHUNGKING EXPRESS. I doubt that Wong is ever more free and confident than in this film where plot and scenes weave unpredictably with craning fisheye lenses float freely through scenes; Christopher Doyle is, of course, Wong's left eye and finds ways to constantly reinvent his signature styles in each new film. I dread watching a Wong film without Doyle behind the camera. There is so much stylistic abandon in crazy editing, random single B&W shots in a colour scene and changes in film stock (I think) that feels really liberating. Wong has never really cared for the rules, but in FALLEN ANGELS it feels like he doesn't care that he doesn't care. With…
If ‘Chungking Express’ fell asleep, ‘Fallen Angels’ would be the dream it had. Although it's not necessarily more fragmented than its companion piece, it ends up feeling that way because of how manic the stories get. There is heart here, but in a hundred little pieces.
The B-side to CHUNKING EXPRESS' A-side.
The former a Cantopop version of a wistful Western pop hit; the latter a dark, seductive trip-hop number.
The relationship between Takeshi Kaneshiro' mute 'shop-keeper' and his father is the most moving of the interlocking story-lines.
Stands up nearly 15 years after first seeing it.
What’s Love Got To Do With It? No.20
There’s always going to be someone giving me a pat in the back for proving what was right and what was wrong about the film. Believe it or not, I actually don’t know what the quality of a film should be because I react to them irrationally and I often have no idea how to express them in a subtle manner. I may have a criteria to how filmmakers go about their films, but I don’t expect them to follow them anyway. If my brain actually dictated on what films I like, I don't think I should really be enjoying Fallen Angels.
Fallen Angels is the follow up to Wong Kar Wai’s…
Fallen Angels is my first Wong Kar-Wai, and even though I found it a bit hard to follow, the brilliant style and cinematography really enchanted me and laid a solid foundation for Wong Kar-Wai to step up as one of my favourite directors.
The cinematography is really stunning, and the camera-use is amazing. It somehow manages to be both gritty, grainy and blurry, while at the same time being poetic and beautiful, a trait he shares with one of my favourite directors Nicolas Winding Refn. I can definitely see similarities between the two directors, and it seems apparent to me that Wong Kar-Wai must have influenced a lot of the Dane's work.
I liked Fallen Angels a lot, and I…
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IMDb: 9.0 | RT: 94% || Points: 3405 | Peak: #1 (27x) |…