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!
Really nice Wong and Doyle times. However, I'm glad he moved away from the action type stuff. I wonder if Fulltime Killer was partially inspired by this?
The cinematography, the editing, the love that doesn't last, the love that comes out of nowhere... I fucking love this movie.
Similar in style and energy to Chungking Express, but I just couldn't latch on to any of the characters. Fallen Angels focuses one three people who just slightly connect throughout the film. They are all lonely and they are all psychopaths. Narration and music lyrics play a main role in the films focus on existentialism. "In 100 years these people will just become history." I felt that the mute character veered to close to slapstick and the only thing that kept me entertained throughout the movie were the visuals.
Wong Kar-Wai just may be my favorite director on the planet.
Stylish, interesting camera work and editing but no substance to the story.
I've always been intrigued by my dreams, sometimes even more so than my own life. There's something fascinating about the mind generating people that you've never met before, or had never bothered to get to know, creating personalities that would seem so vivid that I would wake up wondering if there isn't someone exactly like that in reality. Alas, those imaginary figures are never to be met again as I go from one dream to the next. I have seen three films by Hong Kong director Wong Kar-wai; "In the Mood for Love," "Chungking Express," and now "Fallen Angels." Out of all the films I've watched, admittedly not enough, I have to say the latter two, and more specifically "Fallen…
Wong Kar Wai does it again with his skewed, blurred shots of many social vices, coupled with the occasional jazz or rock song and the hazy glimpses of high ISO. It's different but the same, many elements (interestingly or not) are repeated and motifs seen in other films reappear again, like mysterious girl/lovelorn boy/smoking/smoking/smoking.
So much smoking.
This is my favourite film. It's everything I want in a film. I love the music, the colours and cinematography, the feeling of it all. Night and neon and alienation like in so many other films, but in this one it somehow feels so sincere. I never get tired of watching this. & the end scene is perfect.
Realizations I have reached from watching Fallen Angels:
1. Watching it really makes me crave noodles.
2. Watching it actually has the power to drive me to make noodles.
3. I'm really bad at making noodles since I use too much pepper and the noodles turn out too soft.
4. I don't really mind since they're my noodles, goddamn it.
5. That Asian chick who masturbates on the hitman's bed is really, really, ridiculously good-looking.
6. I should not watch Fallen Angels while my sister is at home since she might walk into the room *the exact fucking second* the really, really, ridiculously good-looking Asian girl starts masturbating on the hitman's bed.
7. My sister will not accept my offer…
- 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