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!
every bit as stylish as chungking. with more humour and more seediness but less emotional moments. still an instant classic, loved the mute.
'All you need to make a film is a girl and a gun' (Jean Luc-Godard). Kai-War picks up both of these elements with enthusiasm. He adds another girl or two, more guns, a couple of guys, a great trip-hop score and some fancy (in a good way) cinematography and then seasons the lot with his usual flavour of thwarted or unrequited love. Not much plot as such, but the heady brew was more than enough for me. Cinema glamourizes violance and objectifies women. Both Kai-War and Godard know that, but aren't always sure what to do about it.
"Most people fall in love for the first time as teenagers, I guess I'm a late bloomer"
I'm a late bloomer to when it comes to loving this movie, not by choice but by circumstance. On my first watch through, I enjoyed it, but was hindered by flaws that were only there because of how/where I was watching it.
I was motivated to see it again because of glowing praise by my good friend Gogo, especially her beautiful review of it. I felt like I was missing something. And there was. You miss a lot when you have subpar viewing experiences.
On my first watch, I saw this in the worst possible way. First of all, I saw it on…
A darker, seedier and almost bioluminescent interpretation of the themes presented previously in Chungking Express.
Wong Kar-wai flexes his noir influences and creates a strikingly dystopian look at Hong Kong that borders on cyberpunk. The visuals contain so much emotion that the film honestly could work as a silent film and still be both simultaneously sobering and intoxicating. This is why I feel that the voice over present doesn't quite contain much power or purpose. Still, the film is contains Wong Kar-wai's cool-as-hell expressions of loneliness and loyalty.
Also: best use of a Laurie Anderson song in any movie ever.
Fallen Angels is focused on the realism of relationships. Considered the spiritual sequel to Chungking Express, FA is something darker but of course, still fantastic. There's a sort of realism with some fantastical elements in Wong Kar-Wai's film, and that's his signature mark. I love Fallen Angels and I consider it to be some of Kar-Wai's best work. It's nothing short of real. Towards the end, Wong perfectly captures the motif of smoke dispersing as Michelle is holding tightly to the mute (Takeshi Kaneshiro) as they ride off in the city of Hong Kong, enjoying the ride for however long it lasts. That final scene was perfect and possibly one of my favorite scenes out of all his work.
Very stylish, almost makes sending a fax look cool :-)
It has such a unique visual style that it looks hardly dated for a movie from 1995. If I had seen this as a teenager it would probably have been the coolest thing ever, but now I'm kinda like yeah whatever...
Liked the part about the killer and his business partner the best. The crazy woman bit was almost unbearable.
I am unabashedly and hopelessly in love with Fallen Angels.
It is listed it in my Get to Know Me list for a number of reasons. Not the least of which is that I love it more than I should. Most think that it's not Wong Kar-wai's best film...not by a long shot. To some degree I see the merit in their argument, but I can't deny my feelings in concession.
Every now and then one sees a film that is seemingly made for him or her. I feel that way with Confessions, Love Exposure, Raging Bull, and, not surprisingly, Fallen Angels. It's like a paper bag floating in the air that just happens to get snagged on one particular…
Even with the mad cap funny characters in Wong Kar-Wai's films, actually there's always an air of sadness which lingers. We all need to belong somewhere, so we pretend we do while longing for it to be real.
Such an iconic film. I feel like Wong Kar-Wai is one of the only filmmakers that can get away with using a fish-eyed lens (thanks to the wonderful cinematographer Christopher Doyle).
- Donnie Darko
- Morvern Callar
- Irma Vep
- Miami Blues
- Babe: Pig in the City
- Rear Window
- North by Northwest
- 21 Grams
- Johnny Got His Gun
- The Ugly Swans